MIAMI – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers at Miami International Airport (MIA) seized over four ounces of cocaine concealed within spray canisters in a shipment arriving from Uruguay on June 24.
CBP officers working at the courier facility intercepted a package manifested as ornaments and rosary. An X-ray examination of the box revealed anomalies and a physical inspection by CBP officers revealed a white powdery substance that tested positive for cocaine. CBP officers seized the cocaine and turned it over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
“The CBP officers working at our courier facilities are extremely skillful in detecting anomalies and we are proud of their hard work every day to fulfill the CBP mission,” said Miami International Airport Port Director Christopher Maston.
All packages that originate outside the customs territory of the United States, which is to be delivered inside the customs territory of the United States, is subject to CBP examination.
CBP officers and agriculture specialists are stationed at courier facilities located throughout the country in major cities. CBP is constantly screening arriving packages and on the lookout for any type of contraband, counterfeit or prohibited items being shipped to the U.S.
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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.