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Miami CBP Seizes Cocaine in Shipment from Colombia

Release Date: 
April 30, 2020

MIAMI - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officers seized 8.5 pounds of cocaine from an express consignment carrier at Miami International Airport, declared as “Hoja de Moringa.” The estimated value of the seized contraband is $100,000.00.

CBP Miami seized over 8 lbs of coke
CBP Miami seized over eight pounds of cocaine

“Transnational criminal organizations will stop at nothing to get illicit contraband into our country, and we must stay one step ahead of them to deter their activities.” said Christopher D. Maston, CBP Port Director, Miami International Airport. “Our officers are dedicated to keeping drugs and other paraphernalia out of our country and out of our communities.”

During the inspection of inbound consignment packages arriving from Colombia that were destined for Florida, CBP officers detected packages of moringa containing an unknown green powder and black tar like substance.

The packages were seized on April 22, after results from a CBP lab determined the powder material inside tested positive to the properties of cocaine.

Moringa is a plant that is native to areas of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan. It is also grown in the tropics and is considered an important food source in some parts of the world.

CBP Miami seized over 8 lbs of coake
CBP Miami seized over eight pounds of cocaine

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Last modified: 
February 3, 2021