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Thousands of pounds of cocaine seized along Miami River over three years

More than 2,000 pounds of cocaine were found aboard six vessels seized along the Miami River by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection over the past three years as part of an aggressive enforcement program designed to disrupt illicit trafficking.
More than 2,000 pounds of cocaine were found aboard six vessels seized along the Miami River by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection over the past three years as part of an aggressive enforcement program designed to disrupt illicit trafficking. Courtesy

More than 2,000 pounds of cocaine were found aboard six vessels seized along the Miami River by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection over the past three years as part of an aggressive enforcement program designed to disrupt illicit trafficking.

CBP officers discovered approximately 195 pounds of cocaine aboard a fishing vessel during an inspection along the Miami River over the summer and more than 2,000 pounds aboard a freighter in May 2016 welded into the decking plate.

“As America’s unified border agency, U.S. Customs and Border Protection plays a critical role in efforts to combat the flow of dangerous illicit drugs from entering through South Florida waterways and harming local communities,” Miami Seaport Port Director Dylan J. DeFrancisci said in a statement. “We’ll continue to refine and further enhance the effectiveness of our detection and interdiction capabilities along with our network of local, state, federal and international partners.”

CBP, which is responsible for securing more than 1,200 miles of the coastal border, is the lead agency for preventing drug trafficking through airports, seaports, and land ports of entry and plays a significant role in the national drug control strategy.

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