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CBP at Miami International Airport Seized Over 80 Pounds of Drugs Concealed Within Flowers

Release Date: 
August 19, 2015

MIAMI – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at Miami International Airport (MIA) have seized over 80 pounds of cocaine and heroin concealed in flowers from Colombia and Ecuador since the beginning of Fiscal Year 2014.

An inspection of a shipment containing flowers in Miami.

An inspection of a shipment containing flowers in Miami.

Some of the drugs were concealed inside the flowers themselves and some were concealed in the boxes containing the flowers.

CBP has been working closely on each case with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) to investigate the drug smuggling organization responsible for these illegal shipments of narcotics into the United States.

“We are very proud of our CBP officers’ hard work and attention to detail," said Miami International Airport Port Director Christopher Maston. "These seizures over the last two years demonstrate their commitment to keeping drugs out of the U.S. while facilitating lawful international trade.”

On a typical day in Fiscal Year 2014, CBP seized over 10,000 pounds of drugs.

Learn more about CBP flower inspections at ports of entry across the country.

To see more CBP activity in Florida, visit @CBPFlorida on Twitter.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017