MIAMI—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers working at the Miami seaport seized 4,300 pounds of marijuana in a single shipment on March 1. The seizure occurred on Friday during an initial inspection after CBP officers noticed one of the containers on a vessel coming from South America had been tampered with. After a CBP K-9 further alerted to the presence of the narcotics, officers opened the container only to find numerous sacks filled with the green leafy substance which later tested positive for marijuana.
A total of 40 sacks of marijuana were found. The drugs have a street value of approximately $4 million, making it the largest find for the Miami seaport. CBP officers have intercepted shipments of about 3,800 pounds during previous seizures.
"Every day the men and women of Customs and Border Protection work diligently to protect our borders to prevent the importation of contraband through our ports of entry. Customs and Border Protection at the Port of Miami works very closely with our law enforcement and security partners to disrupt and ultimately close off pathways through which narcotics are introduced into the United States," said CBP Miami Office Of Field Operations Director Vernon Foret.
The case is being investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations. No arrests were made at this time.
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.