Undated National Crime Agency handout photo of a London-bound container packed with more than £100 million of cocaine which has been intercepted by customs in the US. Photo credit: National Crime Agency/PA Wire
More than 1400 kilograms of cocaine worth about $US77 million ($A109 million) was confiscated from a container at the Port of New York/Newark in what authorities said was the largest cocaine seizure in 25 years.
The cocaine was found on February 28 in 60 burlap bundles hidden on two pallets in a container that otherwise had a shipment of dried fruit, officials said.
A law enforcement source said the container originated at the port of Buenaventura, Colombia.
"This is a significant seizure, in fact it is the largest cocaine seizure at the Port of New York/Newark since May 1994," said Troy Miller, director of New York Field Operations for the Drug Enforcement Administration.
It was the second-largest cocaine seizure at the Port of New York/Newark, federal authorities said.
The cocaine was discovered during a container inspection by the DEA, US Customs and Border Protection, the Coast Guard, Homeland Security Investigations, the New York City Police Department and the New York State Police.
"Cocaine, New York's nemesis of the '90s, is back, indicating traffickers push to build an emerging customer base of users mixing cocaine with fentanyl," said DEA Special Agent in Charge Ray Donovan. "This record-breaking seizure draws attention to this new threat."
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