Federal agents are investigating possible shipments of deadly chemicals and military technology from Florida to the aresenal of Iraqi president Saddam Hussein, a published report said.

The U.S. Customs Service and the Commerce Department are focusing on the sale of technology used in Iraqi bomb and artillery factories as well as the suspected shipment of at least 210 gallons of hydrogen cyanide that may have been used in some Iraqi chemical weapons, the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel reported Sunday.Federal agents confirmed they are investigating as many as 10 Florida firms and individuals with business or shipping ties to Iraq.

The newspaper said two prime targets are the Miami operations of Chilean arms merchant Carlos Cardoen and the Boca Raton dealings of the late Iraqi financier Ihsan Bar-bouti.