More than 1,000 pounds of cocaine found in shipment at UPS Worldport

Cocaine was discovered stuffed into tubes of what was supposed to be silicon adhesive. (Source:...
Cocaine was discovered stuffed into tubes of what was supposed to be silicon adhesive. (Source: CBP)
Updated: Apr. 26, 2018 at 7:19 PM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A massive cocaine bust at the UPS Worldport in Louisville was revealed Thursday by federal authorities.

Officers intercepted a large shipment of cocaine with a street value of more than $17 million on April 19.

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection found 1,147 pounds of the drug, stuffed into tubes of what was supposed to be silicone caulk.

The officer who found the cocaine has knowledge of smuggling techniques and targeted the shipment for inspection. Sixty boxes with 24 tubes were discovered. When the officer drilled into the tubes, a white power that field tested positive for cocaine was found.

The shipment originated in Brazil and was heading to the Republic of Congo.

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