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December 08, 2015

Nearly 20 pounds of cocaine seized at PHL

Authorities find $600,000 of drug in plane from Jamaica

Drugs Smuggling
Cocaine Jamaica U.S. Customs and Border Protection/Contributed Art

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized these bricks containing 19 pounds, 9 ounces of cocaine that were concealed inside the cargo hold of a flight that arrived to Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) Saturday from Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Authorities seized nearly 20 pounds of cocaine from a flight arriving from Jamaica at Philadelphia International Airport Saturday.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials say officers conducted a cabin sweep of a flight that arrived from Montego Bay around 6 p.m., discovering two drawstring bags hidden inside an access panel.

Inside those bags were four brick-shaped objects that contained about 19 pounds and 9 ounces of cocaine, which amounts to a street value of $600,000, authorities say.

"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 in a news release.

A similar haul was seized in June when an Italian man was arrested for attempting to smuggle 14 pounds of the drug into PHL from a flight out of the Dominican Republic.

No arrests have been made from Saturday's incident and CBP officers are still investigating.