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CBP Chicago Seizes Opium Concealed in Travelers’ Luggage

Release Date: 
February 29, 2016

CHICAGO—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at Chicago O’Hare International Airport seized more than 30 pounds of Opium powder discovered in a passengers luggage.  The 52-year-old U.S. citizen arrived on a flight from Tokyo and was selected for examination.    

During the baggage inspection, CBP officers discovered 212 packets of a brown powdery substance concealed in plastic bags containing dried leaves.  The packets of the brown powder tested positive for opium.

Thirty pounds of Opium powder discovered at Chicago O'Hare

Thirty pounds of Opium powder discovered at Chicago O'Hare

“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 Matthew Davies, Chicago Area Port Director. “These concealment methods vary and can be extremely difficult to detect but CBP officers are well trained, experienced and highly motivated in detecting this contraband.”

The passenger and opium were turned over to the Des Plaines Police Department for prosecution. 

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: 
February 9, 2017