Officials Find $22 Million Worth of Cocaine Hidden Inside Furniture

U.S. Customs and Border Protection
U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Federal officials found a lot more than fancy décor inside a Philadelphia furniture shipment.

Officials said they discovered 700 pounds of cocaine hidden inside bedroom furniture and kitchen cabinets that had been shipped from Puerto Rico. It’s the largest drug bust of the decade.

With a street value of $22 million, 250 bricks of cocaine were concealed behind false walls inside the furniture.

"Customs and Border Protection knows that transnational drug trafficking organizations will take advantage of natural disasters, and in this case an island struggling to [recover] from a crippling hurricane, to smuggle dangerous drugs to our nation's mainland," Joseph Martella of CBP said in a statement. "CBP officers remain ever vigilant to interdict narcotics loads, and we are pleased to have stopped this deadly poison shipment before it could hurt our communities."

The furniture was searched after officers detected something unusual about one of the shipping containers, but they did not elaborate on what tipped them off.

An investigation into the shady shipment is ongoing.

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