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CBP Cincinnati Seizes Heroin Concealed in Piston Parts

Release Date: 
January 16, 2015

CINCINNATI – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) participated in inspection operations that led to the discovery of more than $484,000 in heroin.

pistons with heroin concealed inside

The shipment was submitted for further physical inspection and x-ray examination, which resulted in the discovery of anomalies within the pistons.

Officers working express consignment operations in Cincinnati recently seized more than 11 pounds of heroin when a shipment manifested as pistons arrived at the facility for processing. The shipment originated in Dubai and was destined for delivery to Canada.

The shipment was submitted for further physical inspection and x-ray examination, which resulted in the discovery of anomalies within the pistons. Officers drilled a hole in one of the items that revealed heroin concealed within. The heroin seized has an approximate street value of more than $484,000.

In December 2014, CBP officers in Cincinnati seized more than $200,000 of heroin when a shipment manifested as a baby playpen was inspected.

“This heroin seizure is a testament to the continued dedication and persistence by all of our officers to keep these dangerous and deadly narcotics off the streets and out of our international communities,” said Port of Cincinnati Director Richard L. Gillespie.

piston with a drilled hole

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) participated in inspection operations that led to the discovery of more than $484,000 in heroin.

The Drug Enforcement Administration classifies heroin as a schedule I substance under the Controlled Substances Act. Heroin is considered a highly-addictive drug and the most rapidly acting of the opiates. Please see the DEA Heroin Fact Sheet for more information.

CBP routinely conducts inspection operations on passengers and air cargo searching for narcotics, currency, weapons and other prohibited or illicit products. Inspecting international parcels for dangerous and illicit products also remains a CBP enforcement priority.

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