A multi-agency Hampton Roads border security task force seized about $1 million worth of cocaine at the Port of Norfolk in the past two weeks in separate drug-smuggling attempts, according to a news release.
On July 27, the Hampton Roads Border Enforcement Security Task Force seized 32 kilograms of cocaine from a vessel arriving into the Port of Norfolk, according to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection news release. Agents had boarded the vessel and discovered cocaine hidden in the cargo holds before the ship arrived in Hampton Roads.
No arrests were made as crew members weren’t suspected of being involved. Authorities believe the cocaine came from Colombia and was destined for Europe, the release said.
On Aug. 4, agents seized three kilograms of cocaine from a container vessel en route to Hampton Roads. Two people were arrested in connection to that incident.
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigation, Customs and Border Protection, the Coast Guard and other law enforcement agencies comprise regional security task force.