MIAMI — Drug smugglers were hoping to score a hole in one, but their unusual plan to bring cocaine into the United States got shanked instead, authorities said.

"U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Miami International Mail Facility intercepted nine golf clubs Monday arriving from Colombia," an agency spokesperson in Miami reported. "The golf clubs' shafts were filled with cocaine."

In all, the golf clubs had more than a pound of cocaine hidden in them, according to the agency spokesperson. They were being mailed from Colombia to New York via Miami.

"Drug trafficking organizations are relentless and creative in their attempts to smuggle drugs by any means into the U.S.," said Christopher Maston, the agency's port director of field operations at Miami International Airport. "Our CBP officers are highly skilled in detecting all types of concealment methods to intercept harmful drugs and to keep them from impacting our communities."

Agency officials said the clubs were discovered during an international mail inspection. The agency has authority to inspect all inbound international mail, with limited exceptions.

Agents look for threats to national security, illegal drugs, illegal wildlife and violations of intellectual property rights.

"One of the golf clubs' shafts was drilled and found to contain a white powder inside," the agency spokesperson said. "A sample of the powder tested positive as cocaine."

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