Updated: Mar 20, 2019
The massive bust on Feb.28 at the Port of New York/Newark in Elizabeth came after authorities checked a shipping container entering the country. They found 60 packages containing 3,200 pounds of a white powdery substance that proved to be cocaine, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a statement Monday.
The seizure, which has an estimated street value of $77 million, is the biggest cocaine bust at the ports since 1994 when about 6,600 pounds were seized, according to a CBP spokesman.
The container was recovered from a ship that originated in South America, the spokesman said. Customs officers turned the drugs over to federal Homeland Security officials for investigation.