Twenty bricks of cocaine hidden in empty reefer at L.A. port

By Land Line staff | 3/8/2012

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.