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A multi-agency team discovered more than 44 pounds of cocaine on March 31, 2021 during a ship inspection in the Chesapeake Bay area of Maryland.

Officers and agents from the DEA, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Coast Guard, and Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police conducted an early morning examination aboard a 958-foot break bulk carrier ship, which was anchored near Baltimore.

During the inspection, the team discovered 20 packages concealed inside the vessel’s anchor locker. The packages contained a white powdery substance that field-tested positive for the properties of cocaine. The cocaine weighed 20 kilograms, or a little more than 44 pounds, and has a street value of more than $1 million. 

No arrests were made. An investigation continues.

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