Drug Law

Customs Officials Uncover Cocaine In Fried Fish At Miami International Airport

| by Jordan Smith

A 38-year-old woman arriving in the U.S. from Jamaica was arrested by authorities on June 13 after customs officials discovered a large quantity of cocaine hidden inside fried fish she had.

The traveler had concealed the fish in her luggage on the flight from Jamaica.

Officials were alerted to the drugs because some of the fish looked different than the others when they were scanned by an X-ray machine. This prompted officials to take a closer look at the cooked fish. Some seemed to be thicker than others, reports Miami Herald.

Customs officials say they found 2.3 pounds of cocaine in the passenger’s luggage. The woman’s name was not released.

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

According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Keith Smith, officials found the drugs inside the bellies of some of the fish. The fish had been sewn closed so their contents were not immediately obvious.

Sources: Miami Herald, Local 10, WAOW

Photo credit: U.S. Customs and Border Protection via Local 10