CBP in Fort Lauderdale Seizes Luggage Filled with Cocaine
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to the Anti-Terrorism Contraband Enforcement Team (A-TCET) at Fort Lauderdale—Hollywood International Airport seized over eight pounds of cocaine concealed within luggage arriving from the Bahamas on Monday.
During an inspection, CBP officers discovered four bricks weighing approximately 8.6 pounds. The bricks contained a white powdery substance that field-tested positive for cocaine. The estimated street value of the drugs is over $200,000.
An individual claiming the bag attempted to flee and was subsequently arrested.
“CBP officers work vigilantly every day to intercept dangerous drugs and contraband as part of efforts to protect the American people,” said Fort Lauderdale—Hollywood International Airport Port Director Dylan J. DeFrancisci. “CBP officers play a critical counter-narcotics role and are committed to keeping illicit drugs far away from local communities.”
CBP routinely conducts random inspections on international passengers and cargo and searches for narcotics, unreported currency, weapons, prohibited agriculture, and other illicit products. On a typical day, CBP seizes 3,677 pounds of illicit drugs along our nation’s borders.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection operations in Florida include travel and trade facilitation and securing over 1,200 miles of the coastal border. Follow CBP’s Office of Field Operations in Florida on Twitter at @DFOFlorida @CBPFlorida and on Instagram at @DFOFlorida for breaking news and information updates.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.