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Port workers among 22 indicted on drug charges

MIAMI (AP) — Thirteen former and current port workers were among 22 people indicted on charges of smuggling cocaine through the Port of Miami, authorities said Tuesday.

Smugglers, helped by the members of the International Longshoreman's Association, transported 44,000 pounds of cocaine into the United States from 1992 to 1997, authorities said.

Undercover investigators with the Customs Service and Drug Enforcement Agency discovered that workers removed containers from the port before Customs officials could examine them.