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CBP agents at Miami’s seaport seize 550 pounds of cocaine

January 19, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
CBP agents at Miami’s seaport seize 550 pounds of cocaine

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Agents with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) working on the Anti-Terrorism Contraband Enforcement Team (A-TCET) at Miami’s seaport seized more than 550 pounds of cocaine aboard a cargo vessel. The cocaine is worth an estimated street value of $6.25 million.

According to WPLG, CBP officers investigating cargo during an inspection recovered the cocaine in bags concealed behind metal tubing.

The bags included 225 packages with a white powdery substance that field tested positive for cocaine.

Border agents seized 550 pounds of cocaine found on cargo ship at Miami Seaport. (CBP)

“This is one of most significant seizures of the last few years and is the result of CBP’s multi-layered, risk-based approach to enhance the security of our borders,” Miami Seaport Port Director Jorge Roig said. “CBP plays a critical role in efforts to keep dangerous drugs from communities across South Florida.”

CBP officers and HSI special agents have busted multiple vessels and intercepted thousands of pounds of cocaine over the last three years as part of a vigorous security effort designed to dismantle illicit trafficking along the Miami River.

The CBP Office of Field Operations uses advanced techniques to identify and target potentially high-risk passengers and cargo, including sophisticated electronic information about every passenger and cargo shipment coming into the U.S. before their arrival, along with canine inspections, and non-intrusive devices.

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