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CBP Chicago K-9 Rambo Seizes 23 Pounds of Opium in One Week

Release Date: 
June 22, 2010

Chicago - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) K-9 officer working with his partner Rambo, seized more than 23 pounds of opium discovered in various concealment methods at the Chicago O'Hare Foreign Mail Facility last week. While screening arriving international mail, K-9 Rambo alerted to six separate shipments of opium ranging from soaked wooden twigs to raw opium in mushrooms.

CBPO Jablonski praises his partner, Rambo, after successful week seizing opium at the IMB.

CBPO Jablonski praises his partner, Rambo, after successful week seizing opium at the IMB.

Opium saturated tablecloths, hats; twigs and raw opium in mushrooms were discovered and seized by CBP K-9 officers. The most creative concealment method was raw opium hidden inside decorative ornaments. All of these parcels were destined to the Minneapolis, Minn. area and are currently under investigation. This is another example of how the nation's largest and most diverse law enforcement canine program is a key contributor to the successes of CBP.

"The olfactory acuity of a CBP K-9, or in other words its sense of smell is 100 times greater than that of human beings," said David J. Murphy, CBP director of field operations in Chicago. "With that said, these live low-tech capabilities we receive benefit of from our canine teams have stood the test of time and proven itself time and time again as one of the best weapons we have against drug smuggling in all areas, venues and packaging. These K-9 teams are relentless in discovering contraband of all types in our efforts to protect our children and keep our communities safe."

CBP officers and agriculture specialists are stationed at the Foreign Mail Facilities located throughout the country. CBP is constantly screening arriving international mail and on the lookout for any type of contraband or prohibited items being shipped to the United States.

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 U.S. borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017