MIAMI – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at Miami International Airport (MIA) seized nearly 100 pounds of marijuana concealed within fiberglass decorations on July 28.
CBP officers selected the package for examination. Six large fiberglass decorative boxes inside wooden crates were discovered.
Further inspection of the boxes revealed a false shelf enclosure that was opened revealing six brick shaped packages wrapped in plastic. When CBP officers probed the packages a green leafy substance was produced which tested positive for marijuana.
The items were being shipped from Mexico to an address in the Midwest.
CBP officers seized approximately 100 pounds of marijuana and turned it over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
“We are very proud of our CBP officers for going the extra mile every day," said Miami International Airport Port Director Christopher Maston. "This seizure is a great example of their commitment to keeping dangerous, illegal drugs out of the United States.”
CBP officers and agents enforce all applicable U.S. laws, including laws against narcotics smuggling and illegal importation. On a typical day in Fiscal Year 2014, CBP seized more than 10,000 pounds of drugs.
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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.