A refrigerated shipping container traveled from El Salvador to Guatemala, Mexico, and was trucked through California before federal law enforcement officers found nearly $600,000 worth of hidden cocaine in it.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection says during a routine patrols, its officers spotted a container parked at a Port of Los Angeles Terminal March 1. Officers and a K-9 unit responded and went inside the container, according to a CBP press release.
Narcotics detection dogs alerted officers to the front panel of the container.
Inside a panel of the empty reefer, officers found 20 bricks wrapped in plastic and weighing a total of 64 pounds, CBP said in the news release. The drugs have an estimated street value of $585,000.
Officers discovered the container originated in El Salvador with “vessel stops in Guatemala and Mexico,” the news release said. The container was returned to the terminal after delivering cantaloupes to a California distributor.