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.
"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."
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.
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.