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Passenger at MIA busted with 4.4 pounds of heroin

Heroin found in false compartment of passenger's luggage

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MIAMI – A passenger arriving to Miami International Airport on Christmas Day from Bogota, Colombia, was arrested after officials found 4.4 pounds of heroin in the person's luggage.

According to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the passenger was selected for further examination. Officials said during that inspection, officers found a powdery white substance concealed in a false compartment of the luggage. That substance tested positive for heroin.

The passenger was arrested and charged with smuggling of illegal narcotics.

“CBP officers work very hard at our ports of entry every day, examining thousands of passengers and their luggage," said Miami International Airport Port Director Christopher Maston. "We are on the frontlines preventing the smuggling of illicit drugs.”