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60 Pounds of Dimethyltryptamine Seized by CBP Officers

Release Date
Tue, 06/23/2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in Louisville intercepted almost 60 pounds of Dimethyltryptamine (DMT) at the Express Consignment Operations hub on June 23.  DMT

CBP officers inspected the parcel based on their knowledge and experience of the shipper and receiver. The shipment was coming from Brazil and heading to an art and crafts business in the Netherlands. Upon inspection, multiple bags containing reddish-brown material was discovered.  Based on prior lab reports, seizures, shipper, and similarities in the material and labeling, the substance was identified as DMT, a schedule I controlled substance.

“Our officers are committed to keeping our country and communities safe from illegal and dangerous drugs,” said Thomas Mahn, Port Director, Louisville. “I commend our officers for the work they do every day to make the world a safer place.”

According to a DEA document, DMT is used for its psychoactive effects. The intense effects and short duration of action are attractive to individuals who want the psychedelic experience but do not choose to experience the mind altering perceptions over an extended period of time as occurs with other hallucinogens, like LSD. The history of human experience with DMT probably goes back several hundred years since DMT usage is associated with a number of religious practices and rituals. As a naturally occurring substance in many species of plants, DMT is present in a number of South American snuffs and brewed concoctions. In addition, DMT can be produced synthetically. Like other hallucinogens, Internet sales and distribution have served as the source of drug supply in this country. According to the National Forensic Laboratory Information. DMT is generally smoked or consumed orally in brews.

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.

Last Modified: Feb 03, 2021