Miami International Airport

CBP Officers Seize Cocaine in Fried Fish at MIA

061615 cocaine found in fried fish MIA
U.S. Customs and Border Protection

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized more than 2 pounds of cocaine that was hidden inside fried fish at Miami International Airport.

During an X-ray examination of a passenger's luggage, officers noticed some anomalies in some of the cooked fish. The fish were hidden inside the luggage of a passenger arriving at MIA from Jamaica early Saturday.

Upon further examination, officers observed that the bellies of several of the fish were sewn together, and some of the fish felt thicker than the rest.

After opening up the fish, officers found 2.3 pounds of cocaine hidden inside the fish.

“Drug smugglers are using increasingly innovative methods and this interception is an excellent example of how our highly trained officers continue to use their experience and knowledge to detect and interdict the flow of illegal narcotics,” said Miami International Airport Port Director Christopher Maston in a statement.

In fiscal year 2014 alone, CBP agents seized ore than 3.8 million pounds of narcotics nationwide.

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