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Feds seize 709 lbs. of cocaine at Philly port, largest haul in decade

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Federal authorities recently intercepted the largest shipment of cocaine to reach the Philadelphia area in the last 10 years.

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They uncovered more than 320 kilos concealed inside furniture sent from Puerto Rico.

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officials said Monday that the seizure took place Nov 2. after a suspicious shipping container was detected at a seaport in Pennsauken, Camden County.

CBP officers noticed an anomaly in the container and transferred it to the agency's Centralized Examination Station in Philadelphia.

When inspectors emptied the contents of the container, they found false walls installed in several pieces of bedroom furniture and kitchen cabinets.

The compartments were carrying 256 bricks of what later field tested as positive for cocaine.

Weeks later, on Nov. 30, authorities found another 13.56 kilos of cocaine inside a wooden chest delivered to the same seaport. The drugs were destined for nearby Cinnaminson, Burlington County.

Combined, the two seizures weighed out at about 709 lbs. with a street value of approximately $22 million.

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