Police officials retrieved 1 and a half tons of cocaine from Port Newark on February 28, 2019, which is now considered as the biggest cocaine bust in the area after 25 years.
About 1.6 tons of cocaine, worth $77 million street value was seized say the U.S. Customs and Border Protection in their official statement.
The seizure was an outcome of a joint raid conducted by the U.S. Coast Guard, CBP, the Drug Enforcement Administration, Homeland Security Investigations, the New York State Police and the New York Police Department.
Troy Miller, CBP's New York Field Operations; Director said in his statement
This is a significant seizure, in fact, it is the largest cocaine seizure at the Port of New York/Newark since May 1994. This interception prevents a massive quantity of drugs from getting to the streets and in the hands of our children.
The Customs and Border Protection handed over the shipment of cocaine to the Department of Homeland Security Investigations for further investigations.
CAPTION: Port Newark Drug Bust, 1.6 tons of cocaine seized
DEA special agent, Ray Donovan stated
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.
The recent drug bust is the biggest since May 1994, when 3 tons of cocaine was seized from the Port.
Late three men were arrested for being involved with the crime.