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CBP Officers in Fort Lauderdale Intercept Heroin Concealed in Coconut Wafers

Release Date: 
August 28, 2015

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport seized more than three pounds of heroin concealed inside coconut wafers carried in the luggage of a passenger arriving from Colombia on Aug 14.

Heroin seized in Fort Lauderdale.

Heroin seized in Fort Lauderdale.

During examination of the traveler’s luggage, CBP officers at the airport noticed the individual brought seven boxes of wafers. Upon further examination, the officers discovered approximately 3.4 pounds of heroin. All evidence was seized and turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

“This interception is an excellent example of how our highly trained officers continue to use their experience and knowledge to detect and interdict the flow of illegal narcotics into the U.S.,” said Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport Port Director Jorge Roig.

CBP’s Office of Field Operations (OFO) is responsible for securing our borders at the ports of entry. CBP OFO officers' primary mission is anti-terrorism. They screen all people, vehicles, and goods entering the United States, while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel into and out of the United States.

The men and women of CBP are responsible for enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws and regulations. On a typical day, CBP welcomes nearly 1 million visitors, screens more than 67,000 cargo containers, arrests more than 1,100 individuals and seizes nearly 6 tons of illicit drugs.

CBP Office of Field Operations in Florida includes travel and trade facilitation and securing over 1,200 miles of the coastal border.

To find out more about CBP operations in Florida, visit @CBPFlorida on Twitter.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017