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CBP Officers at Miami International Airport Arrest Passenger with Cocaine in Books and Brandy

Release Date: 
October 29, 2015

MIAMI – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at Miami International Airport (MIA) seized over 17 pounds of cocaine concealed in purses, jackets, pillows, books, and brandy carried by a passenger arriving from Lima, Peru.

CBP officers discovered cocaine in jackets and purses.

CBP officers discovered cocaine in jackets and purses.

During a secondary inspection on Oct. 9, CBP officers noticed a strong odor emanating from the passenger’s luggage. When officers examined the contents of the luggage, they discovered irregular stitching in the jackets and purses.

Inspection of those items revealed multiple black plastic packages containing a white powder which later tested positive for cocaine. CBP officers discovered cocaine concealed in additional items including books, pillows and liquid cocaine concealed in bottles of brandy. The individual was arrested and all evidence was turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

“This seizure is an excellent example of our CBP officers’ tenacity,” said  Miami International Airport Port Director Christopher Maston. “They have great intuition and work ferociously to find hidden narcotics being smuggled into the U.S. We are proud of their dedication to the mission.”

On a typical day in Fiscal Year 2014, CBP seized 10,327 pounds of drugs while conducting operations nationwide. CBP conducts operations at ports of entry throughout the United States, and regularly screens arriving international passengers and cargo for narcotics, weapons, and other restricted or prohibited products. CBP strives to serve as the premier law enforcement agency enhancing the Nation’s safety, security, and prosperity through collaboration, innovation, and integration.

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February 9, 2017