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Thursday, July 31 2014 @ 09:41 PM EDT

Cocaine found in Jacksonville port cargo container

Drug TraffickingBy Dan Scanlan - A cargo container full of fruit concentrate headed from Panama to Belgium through the Jacksonville port got delayed recently after U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents found cocaine valued at almost $3.5 million hidden inside. Customs spokeswoman Jennifer Bradshaw said agents were inspecting cargo containers June 12 at the Northside Jacksonville Port Authority. They found one that had originated in Chile that showed signs of tampering. Inside they discovered 100 bricks of cocaine weighing 235 pounds and packed in four black duffel bags on top of the cargo.

“The investigation continues, but at this time we haven’t identified any suspects,” Bradshaw said. “The container showed signs of tampering, so we believe the actual cocaine was put in while it was in Panama.” The container arrived in Jacksonville aboard a freighter, Bradshaw said.

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