Drugs Seized From Vessel in Port


NORFOLK -- A multi-agency task force seized two kilograms of cocaine and two kilograms of heroin from a vessel, originating in Asia, that arrived at the Port of Hampton Roads this weekend, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Agents and officers involved in the Hampton Roads-based Border Enforcement Security Task Force boarded the vessel Sunday and found the drugs in the ceiling of a lavatory, according to a news release issued today.

No arrests have been made and no crew members are suspected of being involved, but the investigation is ongoing, the release stated.

The drugs were seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Homeland Security Investigations of ICE and the U.S. Coast Guard's Investigative Service, Chesapeake Region, also took part in the bust.

Within the past two weeks, the task force has seized 32 kilograms of cocaine off an arriving vessel and another 3 kilograms from a container vessel that was due into Hampton Roads, according to the same release.

The task force was formed in July 2011 and includes representatives of 10 federal, state and local agencies involved in the investigation of maritime-related crime.

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