CINCINNATI— U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) participated in inspection operations that led to the recent arrest of two international criminals.
CBP officers working express consignment operations in Cincinnati seized five pounds of heroin when a shipment manifested as a baby playpen arrived at the facility for processing Dec. 5. The shipment was mailed from Malaysia and was destined for delivery to Toronto, Canada.
X-ray of the package revealed anomalies and further physical inspection by CBO officers resulted in the discovery of heroin concealed within wooden boards of the crib mattress. CBP officers removed the heroin. The estimated street value of the seized narcotics is $220,000.
An International Controlled Delivery (ICD) was coordinated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Toronto—and executed by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Serious and Organized Crime Division, Toronto Airport Drug Unit. The ICD resulted in the arrest of two citizens of Poland residing in Canada. The heroin was seized and the subjects were charged with illegal importation and narcotics trafficking.
“This is an outstanding example of how CBP works together with our international law enforcement partners to protect the communities we serve,” said Chief Supervisory CBP Officer Angela Dilland. “CBP officers will remain ever vigilant in the detection and seizure of these dangerous drugs and we will continue to adapt to the various concealment methods employed by these smugglers.”
CBP officers and agriculture specialists are stationed at the express consignment 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 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.