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Philadelphia CBP Officers Use X-Ray Technology to Intercept Handgun, Marijuana in Trinidad-Bound Stereo

Release Date: 
June 25, 2014

PHILADELPHIA – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers used mobile x-ray technology to intercept a 40 caliber handgun and marijuana concealed inside a Trinidad-bound stereo Thursday near Philadelphia.

During a routine examination of outbound air cargo, CBP officers detected an anomaly on an x-ray image of the radio receiver. Officers disassembled the receiver and discovered a Springfield Armory XD semi-automatic handgun, one magazine, and 10 vacuum-sealed bags containing a green, leafy material that field-tested positive for marijuana.

The marijuana weighed 540 grams, or a little more than one pound and three ounces, and had a street value of less than $1,000.

Handgun and marijuana concealed inside a stereo seized by CBP officers.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized a handgun and marijuana that were concealed inside a stereo receiver destined to Trinidad June 19, 2014. (CBP Photo/Steve Sapp)

“This seizure illustrates how U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers effectively employ available technologies to intercept illicit contraband and dangerous weapons while facilitating the expeditious movement of legitimate international commerce,” said Susan Stranieri, CBP Port Director for the Area Port of Philadelphia.

Non-Intrusive Inspection (NII) technologies, which enable CBP to quickly examine the contents of shipping containers and other conveyances, are a key component in CBP’s layered enforcement strategy to protect America, our citizens and our nation’s economy. 

Visit the Border Security section on the new cbp.gov site to learn more about how CBP secures our nation’s borders.