About 347 pounds of cocaine was found in a container of frozen pineapples on March 7, 2016, in Savannah. (Credit: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

Feds find $6M in cocaine in pineapple container at Savannah port

Federal officers this month seized nearly 350 pounds of cocaine in an unusual place: a container of frozen pineapples.

Described as one of the largest cocaine busts in the Port of Savannah’s history, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said Wednesday they discovered 140 brick-shaped objects inside the refrigerated container on March 7. Each package contained a white, powdery substance that tested positive for cocaine, agency spokesman Rob Brisley said in an emailed statement.

The drugs, which arrived from Costa Rica, had an estimated street value of more than $6 million, he said.

“Intercepting dangerous narcotics at our international ports of entry before they can hurt our communities is a vital mission for CBP,” said Lisa Beth M. Brown, the agency’s director for the Port of Savannah.

Homeland Security agents and Chatham County deputies helped find and process the narcotics.

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