Delaware State Police were part of a multi-agency investigation of imported shipping containers at the Philadelphia seaport that netted 1,185 pounds of cocaine Tuesday.

Delaware State Police were part of a multi-agency investigation of imported shipping containers at the Philadelphia seaport that netted 1,185 pounds of cocaine Tuesday.

This team was led by U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Homeland Security Investigations, and consisted of partner agencies Homeland Security Joint Task Force-East, U.S. Coast Guard, Coast Guard Investigative Service, Philadelphia Police Department, Delaware State Police, Pennsylvania State Police, Nether Providence Police Department, the Office of the Attorney General Bureau of Narcotics Investigation and the DEA’s Philadelphia Division.

Inside one of the containers offloaded from the ship MSC Desiree, authorities discovered 13 large black duffel bags containing a combined 450 bricks of a white powdery substance. A sampling of that substance tested positive for cocaine.

The cocaine weighed 537.6 kilograms, or 1,185 pounds and three ounces, and has a street value approximately $38 million.

Customs and Border Protection officers seized the cocaine. Homeland Security is investigating.

“Taking a half-ton of dangerous drugs out of circulation is a significant success for this collective team of federal, state and local law enforcement officers who work very hard every day to keep people safe,” said Casey Durst, Customs and Border Protection Director of Field Operations in Baltimore. “Customs and Border Protection remains committed to working with our law enforcement partners and to disrupting narcotics smuggling attempts at the Area Port of Philadelphia.”

This is the Customs and Border Protection's fourth largest cocaine seizure in the Area Port of Philadelphia, and the largest since a 1,945-pound cocaine seizure May 23, 1998.

The shipping container commodity was natural rubber, which was laden in Guatemala.

Customs and Border Protection officers screen international travelers and cargo and search for illicit narcotics, unreported currency, weapons, counterfeit consumer goods, prohibited agriculture and other illicit products.