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CBP Officers at Miami International Airport Seize Cocaine in Fried Fish

Release Date: 
June 15, 2015

MIAMI - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers at Miami International Airport seized over 2 pounds of cocaine concealed inside fried fish. The fish was being carried in the luggage of a passenger arriving from Jamaica on Saturday morning.

Fried fish seized at Miami International Airport.

Fried fish seized at Miami International Airport.

During an X-ray examination of the passenger’s luggage, CBP OFO officers at the airport noticed anomalies in some of the cooked fish. Upon further examination the officers observed that the bellies of some of the fish were sewn together and certain fish felt thicker than the rest. CBP OFO officers discovered approximately 2.3 pounds of cocaine and subsequently seized the illicit substance.

“CBP officers are an instrumental part of the detailed inspection process designed to detect illegal narcotics entering the United States,” said Miami International Airport Port Director Christopher Maston. “Drug smugglers are using increasingly innovative methods and 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.”

CBP officers and agents seized more than 3.8 million pounds of narcotics across the country in Fiscal Year 2014.

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.

Read more about CBP’s mission.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017