BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Federal agents seized a combined 40,000 pounds of cocaine at ports in Baltimore and Philadelphia this month — just one day apart.

A U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency report says traffickers are turning to East Coast seaports because of increasing enforcement on the U.S.-Mexico border.

The Baltimore seizure happened on June 18. Customs and Boarder Protection (CBP) found 333 pounds of cocaine hidden in four duffel bags at the back of a container filled with beach chairs.

That container had a Maryland shipping address. No arrests have been made.

CBP said the container was suspicious because it had ties to China and spent more than a week sitting in Panama. The drugs had a street value of $10 million, the most cocaine ever seized at the Port of Baltimore.

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The Philadelphia seizure happened one day prior to the one in Baltimore. This week, CBP released an updated total for the agency’s largest-ever bust: 39,525 pounds of cocaine with an estimated street value of $1.3 billion.

Six people face charges in that case. The container also went through Panama.

The seizures come as the United Nations reports a spike in worldwide cocaine production. Most  cocaine in the United States is shipped here from Columbia.

Maryland has reported an increase in cocaine-related deaths over the past three years. Authorities believe the overdoses are increasing because drug dealers mix cocaine with the deadly opioid fentanyl.

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