Customs agents thought something didn't seem right with the coconuts that arrived at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale from the Dominican Republic. When they looked closer, they found 90 of them were hollowed out and stuffed with pounds of cocaine.
Federal agents put tracking devices into some of the fruit and let them be delivered to a produce-importing business in Miami, leading investigators to two men who unloaded and separated out the suspicious bags and a third man who took them to his home.
On Tuesday, the three South Florida men pleaded guilty in federal court in Fort Lauderdale to their roles in a conspiracy to import and distribute the drugs.
Agents previously intercepted another shipment of coconuts containing about 57 pounds of cocaine that arrived at Port Everglades in November aboard the same ship, court records show...
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