Miami - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized 598 pounds of cocaine that had been concealed within a hydraulic cylinder that weighed more than 11,000 pounds. The container had been selected for a routine examination by a CBP officer.
On December 21, a container holding an 11,000 pound hydraulic cylinder was selected for inspection. CBP officers from the Miami airport Anti-Terrorism Contraband Enforcement Team used power tools to drill into the cylinder and discovered a white powdery substance. CBP canine Bentley was then directed to inspect the cylinder and he alerted to the presence of contraband. A subsequent field test of the substance was found to be positive for cocaine.
The officers proceeded to extract the cocaine from the cylinder. The extraction proved to be a challenge as it required the use of heavy machinery and industrial tools to transport and cut the contraband from the steel cylinder.
"This is an outstanding seizure, and it was accomplished thru the hard work and perseverance on the part of the CBP officers who use all of our resources to search for and discover contraband in order to safeguard our country," said Director Field Operations Harold Woodward.
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 the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.