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Cops: Fried fish in airport passenger’s luggage hid cocaine

Fried fish that contained cocaine.
Fried fish that contained cocaine.

A batch of fried fish in a passenger’s luggage actually concealed smuggled cocaine, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Miami International Airport.

A passenger arriving from Jamaica Saturday morning was carrying fried fish their luggage, authorities said.

During an X-ray examination of the passenger’s luggage, officers said they noticed anomalies in some of the cooked fish.

Officers said the bellies of some of the fish were sewn together and certain fish felt thicker than the rest.

Authorities said they found 2.3 pounds of cocaine hidden inside the fish, which they seized.

“CBP officers are an instrumental part of the detailed inspection process designed to detect illegal narcotics entering the United States,” said Miami International Airport Port Director Christopher Maston. “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.”