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COSTA RICA SHIPMENT OF COCAINE CAPTURED AT NORTHEAST USA PORT




















CBP seizes over 363 pounds of cocaine at Port of Philadelphia











U.S. Customs and Border Protection discovered more than $6 million worth of cocaine hidden in cases of Costa Rican pumpkins and squash at the Port of Philadelphia last week.












BY HAILEY DESORMEAUX |THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2015














United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) seized 164.7 kilograms (363.1 pounds) of cocaine with a street value of over $6 million at the Port of Philadelphia last week, according to a statement from the agency.










The cocaine, which was discovered hidden in cases of Costa Rican pumpkins and squash, was shaped in 384 long, thin packages that were laminated to the inside of the fruit case box flaps.






The cases of fruit, which were destined for a distributor in the Bronx, N.Y., arrived aboard the Isabella Shipping operated Santa Maria, a 9,500-dwt refrigerated cargo ship registered in Liberia.






According to ocean carrier schedule and capacity database
BlueWater Reporting, the Santa Maria operates on Isabella Shipping's service between Turbo, Puerto Limon and Philadelphia. 







The service, which has a total rotation time of 12 days, operates with one additional vessel, the Santa Lucia.




The seizure was the CBP's eighth largest seizure ever at the Port of Philadelphia. CBP said no arrests have been made and the investigation is still in progress.

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Alphonso





Alphonso (mango)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia








Alphonso (हापुस Haapoos in Marathi, હાફુસ in Gujarati, ಆಪೂಸ್ Aapoos in Kannada) is a mango cultivar that is considered by many[who?] to be one of the best in terms of sweetness, richness and flavor. 


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INDIA 2016 : Mango production in state likely to take a hit this year

TNN | May 22, 2016, 12.32 PM IST






Mangaluru: Vagaries of nature is expected to take a toll on the production of King of Fruits - Mango - in Karnataka this year. A combination of failure of pre-monsoon showers at the flowering and growth stage and spike in temperature in mango growing belt of the state is expected to limit the total production of mango to an estimated 12 lakh tonnes in the current season as against 14 lakh tonnes in the last calendar year.



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The earlier fossil records of mango (Mangifera indica) from the Northeast and elsewhere were 25 to 30 million years old. The 'carbonized leaf fossil' from Damalgiri area of Meghalaya hills, believed to be a mango tree from the peninsular India, was found by Dr R. C. Mehrotra, senior scientist, BSIP and his colleagues. 




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