A drug-sniffing dog patrolling Red Hook Terminal in New York City noticed something fishy when sniffing out a container of frozen shrimp stuffed with cocaine.
Federal agents found more than 500 pounds of cocaine, with an estimated street value of over $12 million, inside the coke-filled crustaceans last week, according to the New York Daily News.
The cocaine was secretly removed by federal agents who then followed the container to an unidentified Brooklyn warehouse.
The Daily News reports that the agents saw Heeralall Sukdeo, owner of Sukdeo Sons Fishing, “together with others… organizing and supervising the unloading.”
Sukdeo was arrested but is denying any wrongdoing, claiming he was only present at the unloading because he was curious about its contents, according to U.S. Homeland Security special agent Ryan Varrone in a complaint acquired by the Daily News.
The shipment from Guyana was addressed to Randolph Fraser, which is supposedly Sukdeo’s alias. Sukdeo is being held without bail.