LOUISVILLE, Ky—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officers in Louisville seized a shipment containing methamphetamine concealed within yarn spools in lead containersOn August 19, CBP officers seized a shipment from Mexico that listed the contents handcraft for gift. Due to the experience of the CBP officers, they held the package for examination, and inspected the shipment after a Narcotic Drug Dog alerted to the parcel and x-ray anomalies were noticed. The yarn spools were removed, and a white crystalline substance was tested, which was positive for Methamphetamine. A total of 46 pounds of methamphetamine was found, which would have a street value of more than $415,000. The parcel was destined for Tacoma, Washington.
“Our CBP officers are committed to the safety and security of the U.S.,” stated Thomas Mahn, Port Director, Louisville. “Our officers and canine teams are part of the best frontline defense in the world. They are exceptional at what they do.”
Methamphetamine is a powerful, highly addictive stimulant that affects the central nervous system. Stimulants increase the amount of natural chemical messengers called norepinephrine and dopamine in the brain. This in turn increases blood pressure and heart rate, constricts blood vessels, increases blood glucose, and increases breathing — which can cause rapid or irregular heartbeat, delirium, panic, psychosis, paranoia and heart failure. There is also the potential for cardiovascular failure (heart attack) or deadly seizures. Stimulants can be addictive in that individuals begin to use them compulsively.
CBP conducts operations at ports of entry throughout the United States, and regularly screens arriving international passengers and cargo for narcotics, weapons, and other restricted or prohibited products. CBP strives to serve as the premier law enforcement agency enhancing the Nation’s safety, security, and prosperity through collaboration, innovation, and integration.