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Miami Vices

The Miami seaport is the cargo gateway to the U.S. for South American vessels. Here, the DEA, coast guard and military work together to seize shipments of drugs before they can cross into the country, like this massive cargo of cocaine.

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Modern Miami is a city largely built on the cocaine industry. Over four decades, the city has played an integral role in trafficking drugs from Latin America into the United States — which has left the city with an insatiable narcotics appetite. We'll hear from the DEA, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. Coastguard, who are all trying to stifle the flow of drugs. We'll also ride along with the city's police departments who are clamping down on dope holes and street dealers.