US customs agents nab nearly 20 pounds of cocaine on flight from Jamaica
The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency said officers seized just under 20 pounds of cocaine that was concealed inside the cargo hold of a flight that arrived at the Philadelphia International Airport from Montego Bay, Jamaica.
On Tuesday, CBP said agents made no arrests following the drug find on the flight that landed on Saturday.
"Narcotics interdiction remains a CBP enforcement priority, and a mission that we take very seriously. We are pleased that these dangerous drugs will not reach our city's streets," said Susan Stranieri, CBP port director for the Area Port of Philadelphia.
She said CBP officers conducted a cabin sweep and a cargo hold inspection after the aircraft arrived about 6 p.m. Saturday.
While examining the cargo hold, CBP said officers discovered two drawstring-style backpacks concealed behind an access panel. Each backpack contained four brick-shaped objects consisting of a white, powdery substance that field-tested positive for cocaine.
It said the cocaine weighed a combined 8.8734 kilograms, or 19 pounds, 9 ounces, and has a street value of about US$600,000.
CBP said its agents routinely conduct inspection operations "on flights arriving from locations that are known narcotics source nations or transportation hubs."