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CBP at DHL Find More Than Books in Bookcase

Release Date: 
March 19, 2012

CINCINNATI—Last week, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers, stationed at the DHL Express Consignment Operation in Erlanger, Kentucky, made an interesting discovery inside a wooden bookcase. Carefully concealed inside a false compartment, in the back side of an imported bookcase, CBP officers found 48 pounds of marijuana.

DHL Marijuana Bookcase 1: Bricks of marijuana concealed inside a false compartment of a bookcase being shipped from Mexico to Texas

DHL Marijuana Bookcase 1: Bricks of marijuana concealed inside a false compartment of a bookcase being shipped from Mexico to Texas

"This method of concealment further shows the great lengths drug smugglers will use to try to hide their product," said Steven Artino, CBP acting Director of Field Operations in Chicago. "This is an outstanding example of CBP officers use of their intuition, experience and available resources in the detection and interdiction of this marijuana shipment. Every week, everyday, and every minute our CBP officers are engaged in a battle to outsmart one of the most dangerous and clever enemy of this nation - the drug smuggler."

DHL Marijuana Bookcase 2: The total weight of the marijuana removed from the bookcase was 48.29 pounds.

DHL Marijuana Bookcase 2: The total weight of the marijuana removed from the bookcase was 48.29 pounds.

CBP officers found the drugs after routine x-rays showed anomalies within this everyday item. Smugglers created a hollow cavity in the back of the bookcase in which 48.29 pounds of marijuana was secreted. The interdicted narcotics were shipped from Mexico and destined for Texas. No arrests have been made in relation to this seizure as the case is still under investigation.

CBP officers and agriculture specialists are stationed at express consignment facilities located throughout the country. CBP constantly conducts enforcement operations on international parcels and is always on the lookout to identify and intercept any type of contraband or prohibited items being shipped to the U.S.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017