U.S. customs officials say drug dogs sniffed out Philadelphia’s largest seizure of cocaine in more than two decades.

Local, state and federal law enforcement officials said Thursday that 450 bricks of cocaine were found inside 13 duffel bags in a shipping container. Customs and Border Protection’s Area Port Director for Philadelphia Joseph Martella says Tuesday’s seizure amounted to more than 1,185 pounds (538 kilograms) of cocaine worth about $38 million.

Martella says the ship was ported in Guatemala before stopping in the Bahamas and was destined for the Netherlands. It wasn’t clear where the cocaine was headed or where it was added to the shipment.

In this March 2019 image provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents peer into a shipping container that transported large duffle bags of seized cocaine, at the Philadelphia seaport. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection via AP)
In this March 2019 image provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents peer into a shipping container that transported large duffle bags of seized cocaine, at the Philadelphia seaport. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection via AP)

It was Philadelphia’s largest seizure since 1998.

Last month, customs agents seized 3,200 pounds of cocaine worth $77 million at Port New York/Newark.

This March 2019 image provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection shows large duffle bags containing cocaine that were seized in a shipping container at the Philadelphia seaport. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection via AP)
This March 2019 image provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection shows large duffle bags containing cocaine that were seized in a shipping container at the Philadelphia seaport. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection via AP)

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