Indianapolis - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the FedEx Indianapolis express consignment hub have experienced a dramatic increase in the amount of drug paraphernalia seizures, with over 99,000 interceptions from international shipments within the current fiscal year. CBP officers working at this facility use a number of strategies and tools especially designed for use in the express consignment environment to combat all types of global contraband.
"The U.S. is destination for millions of global express shipments each day. CBP officers have the tough and all encompassing job of examining international freight and cargo to intercept illegal, harmful and smuggled merchandise before it can enter our country," said David Murphy, CBP Chicago Director of Field Operations. "Using cutting edge tools and technology such as narcotics detector dogs, x-rays, data systems, radiation detection units and other consignment hub methods, CBP officers working at this facility have been able to constantly adapt to outsmart the smugglers and detect inbound contraband like illegal drug paraphernalia."
CBP officers in Indianapolis have seized 99,253 illegal drug paraphernalia items this fiscal year which began October 2010. These seizures of glass smoking pipes, bongs and marijuana grinders usually originate in Nepal and India but were invoiced as an assortment of items including marble/spice grinders; blown glass handicraft items for decoration; handicraft goods handmade glass art locket pendants; glass funnels for chemistry laboratory; Nepalese blown glass and handmade glass paper weights. The shipments were addressed to individuals, businesses and internet businesses in the U.S. containing varying amounts of paraphernalia ranging from a few to thousands of items.
Under federal law 21 USC 863, it is unlawful for any person to import, export, sell or offer for sell drug paraphernalia and to use the mails to transport drug paraphernalia.
There are 25 express-consignment carrier facilities located throughout the nation where CBP officers process millions of inbound and outbound parcels overnight. CBP agriculture specialists also work at these facilities and intercept thousands of actionable pests to protect the health and safety of U.S. agricultural resources.
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.