More than 69 pounds of cocaine bricks worth over $5 million were seized from a Florida cruise liner's cargo

CBP officials confiscated the cruise ship's cocaine stones as it docked in Port Everglades, Florida for a maintenance stop. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
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Over 69 pounds of cocaine were found in garbage bags in the hold of a cruise ship.
The drugs were seized by ship security and handed over to authorities in Port Everglades, Florida.
The loot could be worth more than $ 5 million based on the street price of the drug.
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On a Florida cruise ship, over 69 pounds of cocaine were wrapped in garbage bags and confiscated by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
The ship's security team first discovered the cocaine transport in a hold on the cruise ship. The bricks were confiscated by cruise security officers and handed over to CBP personnel stationed at Port Everglades when the cruise ship docked there for maintenance on June 6.
According to estimates of cocaine price by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the 69.5 pounds of cocaine found could be worth more than $ 5 million based on the street price of the drug.
The CBP said it continued to search the ship and found no other forms of contraband.
"This seizure is an indication of CBP's excellent collaboration with our industrial partners to detect and prevent illegal drug smuggling into our country," said Dylan DeFrancisci, CBP's port director for field operations for Port Everglades and Fort Lauderdale, in a statement.
"Our officials strive daily to develop and improve our partnerships with other law enforcement agencies, industry partners and the citizens of our community to stop criminal activity on our borders, be it land, air or sea," added DeFrancisci.
The CBP did not disclose the name of the company responsible for the cruise ship or whether there were any arrests. The agency did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Insider.
That drug shipment from Florida coincides with more cruise lines getting the green light to travel out of the state - with vaccines being optional for passengers.
It is not uncommon for drug rings to use cruise ships as locks for international smuggling of drugs and other contraband, using crew members and passengers alike as mules.
The agency estimates it confiscated around 3,677 pounds of drugs along U.S. borders on an average day in 2020.
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