Seven-point-three million dollars worth of cocaine will not make it to the streets of South Florida or anywhere else after the illegal contraband was found at the Port of Miami.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the port discovered the cocaine, about 459 pounds, hidden in a container on May 29. There were 169 bricks of cocaine hidden in eight cardboard boxes.
The container arrived in Miami aboard a freighter from Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic and originated in Panama. The ship also made stops in Colombia and Mexico.
“Every single day the men and women of Customs and Border Protection work diligently to protect our borders and to prevent the importation of contraband through our ports of entry. Customs and Border Protection at the Port of Miami also 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 Diane Sabatino, CBP Miami Seaport Port Director.
The case is still under investigation and no arrests have been made at this time.
“This is an outstanding example of the excellent work being performed by our officers in stemming the flow of illegal narcotics into the United States. I commend the effort and dedication demonstrated by our frontline officers in securing our borders,” said CBP Director of Field Operations Vernon Foret.