More than ton of cocaine found in Miami fish shipment
August 30, 1999
Web posted at: 5:55 p.m. EDT (2155 GMT)
MIAMI (CNN) -- More than a ton of cocaine, packed inside a
fresh fish shipment, was seized Monday at an Arrow Air cargo
facility near Miami International Airport.
U.S. Customs Service spokesman Michael Sheehan said agents found more than 3,000 pounds of cocaine inside 22 of 50 boxes of fresh fish shipped on ice that arrived on a pre-dawn flight from Ecuador.
Sheehan said a conspiracy to import the drugs is believed to
involve ramp workers, but he did not know whether they were employees of Arrow Air, contract employees, or employees of another airline.
No arrests have been made, Sheehan said.
Sheehan said the cocaine was packed alongside a shipment of
grouper, tuna and congrio inside plastic foam coolers and ice.
Last Wednesday, nearly 60 American Airlines ramp workers and
food caterers from Lufthansa Sky Chefs International were
charged in a cocaine and heroin smuggling conspiracy at Miami
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