Louisville - During the month of January U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers stationed at the UPS Express Consignment Operation in Louisville, Ky. have collectively seized more than 35 pounds of cocaine. The seizures range from 8 ounces to 20 pounds. The total value of the cocaine is in excess of a million dollars.
CBP officers found the drugs after routine X-rays showed anomalies within the items. The cocaine was concealed in everything from hair care products, to video games to machinery parts. The interdicted cocaine originated from various locations including Panama, Mexico and the Dominican Republic.
"I take great pride in knowing that we have a highly dedicated and committed group of CBP officers disrupting the flow of illicit narcotics into our country," said David J. Murphy, CBP director of field operations in Chicago. "These concealment methods vary and can be very difficult to detect but CBP officers are well trained, experienced and strongly motivated in detecting this contraband."
CBP officers process over 40,000 parcels per night at the UPS Facility in Louisville and make a variety of seizures including counterfeit checks, drugs, monetary instruments, fraudulent documents, and intellectual property rights violations. No arrests have been made in relation to these seizures.
Customs and Border Protection officers are stationed at express consignment facilities throughout the United States. CBP processes, examines and releases all parcels arriving from a foreign point of origin. All shipments are processed through a radiation portal to ensure that radioactive materials do not enter this country. Demonstrating CBPs commitment to protecting our nation at all levels.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.