Nearly 200 pounds of cocaine were seized in Plaquemines Parish. Deputies say the drugs have an estimated street value of $18 million, making it the largest cocaine seizure in parish history.
Around 10:30 a.m. Thursday, officials say they received an anonymous tip about four suspicious packages. Upon arrival at an undisclosed location, officers say they discovered that the packages contained 81 individual kilogram packages, each wrapped consistent with illegal drug trafficking.
“That amount of cocaine, 200-pounds, we're very fortunate that the man called it in, because you can imagine how many violent crimes this has prevented from happening in our surrounding area,” Sheriff Lonnie Greco said.
A field test determined the packages contained pure cocaine. The estimated wholesale value of the drugs is $4.5 million, according to deputies. It has a street value of $18 million.
Drug Enforcement Administration agents think the drugs may not have landed in the Crescent City, but were likely destined for a cross country trip.
“New Orleans typically is a trans-shipment city, a cocaine shipment of that size was probably not destined for our city, more than likely going to a bigger city, Atlanta, New York or Chicago,” Special Agent Debbie Webber, with the DEA, said.
Officers have not released further details. No arrests have been made at this time.
Individuals with information on the incident are asked to contact Plaquemines Parish deputies at (504) 822-1111.