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Agents find 360 pounds of cocaine in shipment of pumpkins, squash

by The Associated Press | September 24, 2015 at 10:59 a.m.

PHILADELPHIA — Federal agents say they seized more than 360 pounds of cocaine found in a shipment of Costa Rican pumpkins and squash at the Port of Philadelphia.

Authorities said the Sept. 17 discovery was the port's eighth-largest cocaine seizure to date.

Officials said the drugs were found in thin packages lining the inside of the boxes.

The shipment arrived on the bulk carrier Santa Maria and was destined to a distributor in New York City. An on-site test by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials determined the substance was cocaine.

Philadelphia Drug Enforcement Administration special agent Gary Tuggle said his office received a tip that was passed on to Customs and Border Protection officers.

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