Louisville - Late last week U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers, stationed at the UPS Express Consignment Operation in Louisville, Ky., have collectively seized more than 117 pounds of marijuana. The seizures range from eight pounds to 48 pounds. The total value of the marijuana is in excess of $128,000.
CBP officers found the drugs after routine X-rays showed anomalies within the items. The marijuana was concealed in everything from furniture, to stereos to plastic buckets. The interdicted marijuana originated from various locations in Mexico.
"I take great pride in knowing that we have a highly dedicated and committed group of CBP officers disrupting the flow of illicit narcotics into our community," said David J. Murphy, CBP director of field operations in Chicago. "These seizures demonstrate the incredible lengths that smugglers undertake to devise concealment methods and the adept expertise our officers have in uncovering these attempts. This clearly demonstrates that CBP is relentless in its efforts to protect the public."
CBP officers process more than 40,000 parcels per night at the UPS Facility in Louisville and make a variety of seizures including counterfeit checks, drugs, monetary instruments, fraudulent documents, and intellectual property rights violations. At this time no arrests have been made in relation to these seizures as the investigation continues.
Customs and Border Protection officers are stationed at express consignment facilities throughout the United States. CBP processes, examines and releases all parcels arriving from a foreign point of origin. All shipments are processed through a radiation portal to ensure that radioactive materials do not enter this country. Demonstrating CBPs commitment to protecting our nation at all levels.
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.