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Customs finds cocaine, heroin in Miami flower shipments

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MIAMI (AP) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers are regularly finding cocaine and heroin concealed in shipments of flowers moving through Miami International Airport.

CBP officials say 80 pounds of the drugs have been found at the airport over the past two years. Most of the shipments are from Colombia and Ecuador.

Cocaine and heroin has been hidden in the flowers themselves and in the boxes containing them.

Miami is one of the nation's busiest locations for shipments of flowers into the U.S. Inspectors also look to prevent foreign insects and pests from getting into this country.

CBP says it works closely with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to investigate the drug trafficking organizations responsible for the drug-laden flower shipments.

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