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CBP Officers at Miami International Airport Find Heroin in Shipment of Flowers

Release Date: 
July 10, 2012

Miami - Last week U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at Miami International Airport seized .25 Kg of Heroin found in a cargo of flowers. The seizure took place during a routine examination of cargo coming from Bogota, Colombia.

The drug was found during a routine examination of flower boxes when CBP officers spotted a cylinder shaped object hidden amongst the carnations. A CBP K-9 onsite also alerted to the box.

A closer examination of the cylinder by CBP officers revealed the presence of a brown powdering substance which later tested positive for Heroin.

There were no arrests in connection with this seizure as CBP did not find a link between the shipper or the importer and the drugs.

"This is an outstanding example of the excellent work being performed by our officers in stemming the flow of illegal narcotics into the United States. I commend the effort and dedication demonstrated by our frontline officers in securing our borders," said CBP Director of Field Operations Vernon Foret.

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 keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017