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CBP at LAX Spoils Attempt to Smuggle Opium inside Furniture

Release Date: 
November 4, 2010

Los Angeles - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at a Los Angeles International

CBP officers at LAX seized 18.4 pounds of opium concealed inside rattan furniture.

Packages of opium were concealed in the upper rims of the rattan stools for a combined total weight of 18.4 pounds valued at $108, 680

Airport air cargo consignment facility seized 18.4 pounds of opium which they detected concealed inside rattan furniture.

On Oct. 29, CBP officers examined a shipment arriving from Thailand manifested as a rocking chair. In actuality, the freight consisted of 22 small rattan stools all of which revealed anomalies when X-rayed. Further intensive examination revealed a dark substance which tested positive for opium.

CBP officers at LAX seized 18.4 pounds of opium concealed inside rattan furniture.

CBP officers at LAX seized 18.4 pounds of opium which they detected concealed inside rattan furniture.

One chair had eight packages of opium that together weighed 14.7 pounds. Additionally, in the upper rims of all the remaining stools, opium was extracted for a combined total weight of 18.4 pounds valued at $108, 680.

"CBP officers are the frontline at our nation's ports of entry. This seizure is the result of dedicated officers using their skills with advanced technology to stop the smuggling of narcotics and other contraband from entering the United States," said CBP Acting Director of Los Angeles Field Office Carlos Martel.

On a typical day in fiscal year 2009, CBP seized 6,642 pounds of drugs nationwide.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017