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Over 69 pounds of cocaine discovered on cruise ship

June 13, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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A cruise ship's security services discovered 69.5 pounds of cocaine on board the vessel last week and turned over the haul to US Customs and Border Protection officers upon docking at a Florida port, CBP said in a statement.

(CNN)A cruise ship's security services discovered 69. 5 pounds of cocaine on board the vessel last week and turned over the haul to US Customs and Border Protection officers upon docking at a Florida port, CBP said in a statement.

Cruise officials alerted CBP officers assigned to Port Everglades seaport that a vessel inspection had found garbage bags with brick-shaped packages in a void space of the ship.

On June 6, CBP officers met the cruise ship and security team during a maintenance stop at Port Everglades, and the packages of white powder tested positive for cocaine, CBP said.

The CBP's Advanced Tactical Cargo Enforcement Team performed a "thorough inspection" of the ship and did not find any other contraband, the agency said.

Last month the CDC issued updated guidelines, allowing cruise ship operators to begin simulated voyages with volunteer passengers.

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