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CBP Cincinnati Interdicts Multiple Drug Smuggling Attempts

Release Date: 
May 14, 2015

CINCINNATI— U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers working in Cincinnati at an express-consignment facility continue to prevent international illegal drug smuggling attempts.

CBP officers in Cincinnati recently seized over 52 pounds of cocaine concealed inside a winch cylinder.

CBP officers in Cincinnati recently seized over 52 pounds of cocaine concealed inside a winch cylinder.

CBP officers in Cincinnati recently seized over 52 pounds of cocaine in a package that was mailed from Central America. CBP discovered the cocaine when CBP Canine “Freddy” indicated a positive alert to the presence of narcotics in a shipment manifested as “motor electrico winches.” An x-ray of the package showed abnormalities, and physical inspection by CBP officers resulted in the discovery of a white powdery substance concealed inside a winch cylinder. Tests confirmed the powder was cocaine. 

This is one of several high-profile, international cocaine smuggling attempts CBP officers have discovered recently. CBP officers have also intercepted cocaine glued between layers of laminate flooring, concealed in steel equipment, and hidden within day planners and portfolio covers.

CBP officers have also intercepted cocaine glued between layers of laminate flooring.

CBP officers have also intercepted cocaine glued between layers of laminate flooring.

In addition to cocaine, CBP officers have recently made several other significant narcotics seizures including one of more than 12,000 pills, an estimated 4,500 which were amphetamines, coming from China. The shipment was manifested as “Water Treatment for use in Aquarium,” and contained hand-crafted amphetamine tablets. Earlier in the year CBP officers discovered more than $484,000 in heroin. CBP Cincinnati Seizes Heroin Concealed in Piston Parts .

“CBP works tirelessly with our international law enforcement counterparts to combat drug smuggling throughout the world,” said Richard Gillespie, CBP Cincinnati Port Director. “These interceptions are excellent examples of how our highly trained officers continue to use their experience, knowledge, and all available resources to detect and interdict the flow of illegal narcotics.”

Cocaine is an intense, euphoria-producing stimulant drug. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration—DEA, Cocaine is a Schedule II drug under the Controlled Substances Act, meaning it has a high potential for abuse. Please see the DEA Cocaine Fact Sheet for more information.

Amphetamines are stimulants that speed up the body’s system. According to the DEA, amphetamines are Schedule II stimulants, which means that they have a high potential for abuse and limited medical uses. Pharmaceutical products are available only through a prescription that cannot be refilled. Please see the DEA Amphetamine Fact Sheet for more information.

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. On a typical day in 2014, CBP seized 10,327 pounds of drugs while conducting operations nationwide.

For more on CBP’s border security mission at our nation’s ports of entry, please visit the At Ports of Entry page.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017