MIAMI - U.S. Customs and Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers working at Port Everglades seized approximately 154 pounds of cocaine inside a burlap sack during an inspection of a vessel container arriving from Guayaquil, Ecuador on Feb. 16. The estimated street value of the drugs is $2 million.
CBP field operations officers conducting an inspection of containers during an enforcement boarding found an empty container with a burlap sack. A CBP K-9 subsequently alerted to the presence of narcotics and CBP officers discovered a duffel bag full of brick shaped objects.
The substance tested positive to the properties of cocaine and evidence was turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
“This seizure is a direct reflection of the vigilance and commitment to mission success by our CBP officers and the strong partnerships with law enforcement partners across South Florida,” said Port Everglades Port Director Jorge Roig. “We’ll continue to enforce hundreds of U.S. laws including the interdiction of narcotic contraband while maintaining the effective and efficient flow of travel and trade.”
CBP officers working at Port Everglades also seized over 615 pounds of cocaine found in five duffel bags during an inspection of a vessel container arriving from Cartagena, Colombia last October.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection uses sophisticated methods to identify and target potentially high-risk passengers and cargo, including advanced electronic information about every passenger and cargo shipment entering into the U.S. before their arrival, canine inspections and non-intrusive devices.
On a typical day, CBP welcomes nearly 1 million visitors, screens more than 67,000 cargo containers, arrests more than 1,100 individuals and seizes nearly 6 tons of illicit drugs nationwide. To find out more about CBP operations in Florida, visit @CBPFlorida on Twitter.
CBP Office of Field Operations’ dual mission is to facilitate travel in the United States while we secure our borders, our people and our visitors from those that would do us harm like terrorists and terrorist weapons, criminals, and contraband.
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.