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Don't smell the flowers: Cocaine, heroin found in floral shipments in Miami

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 14:  A general view of the flowers a celebration with STRIIIKE and Caudalie for "The French Beauty Solution" on Bastille Day at STRIIIKE on July 14, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Caudalie)

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 14: A general view of the flowers a celebration with STRIIIKE and Caudalie for "The French Beauty Solution" on Bastille Day at STRIIIKE on July 14, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Caudalie)  (2015 Getty Images)

Authorities say federal officers are regularly finding cocaine and heroin concealed in shipments of flowers moving through Miami International Airport.

Officials with U.S. Customs and Border Protection say 80 pounds of the drugs have been found at the airport over the past two years, and most of the shipments are from Colombia and Ecuador.

Officials say the 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 try to prevent foreign insects and pests from getting into the country.

The border protection agency 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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