360 pounds of cocaine hidden amid pumpkins, squash seized

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Federal agents say they seized more than 360 pounds of cocaine found in a shipment of Costa Rican pumpkins and squash at the Port of Philadelphia.

Authorities say the Sept. 17 discovery was the port's eighth-largest cocaine seizure to date.

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Officials say the drugs, which have a combined street value of more than $6 million, were found in thin packages lining the inside of the boxes.

The shipment arrived on the bulk carrier Santa Maria and was destined to a distributor in New York City. An on-site test by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials determined the substance was cocaine.

Philadelphia DEA special agent Gary Tuggle says his office received a tip that was passed on to CBP officers at the port.

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