Louisville- On October 11, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Louisville UPS Express Consignment Operation discovered almost 25 pounds of marijuana, worth $75,000, hidden inside a wooden table shipped from Mexico.
CBP officers found the drugs after routine x-rays showed anomalies within this everyday item. Smugglers created a hollow cavity in the table's pedestal in which 24.6 pounds of marijuana was secreted. The interdicted table with narcotics was destined for an address in Iowa. No arrests have been made in relation to this seizure as the case is still under investigation.
"This discovery is a direct result of the officer's use of their intuition, experience and available resources in the detection and interdiction of this marijuana shipment," said David J. Murphy, CBP director of field operations in Chicago. "I take great pride in knowing that we have a highly dedicated and committed group of CBP officers assigned to the UPS facility disrupting the flow of illicit narcotics into our country."
CBP officers and agriculture specialists are stationed at express consignment facilities throughout the country conducting enforcement operations on international parcels. All shipments coming into these locations are screened through radiation portals to ensure that radioactive materials do not enter this country
At the UPS facility in Louisville, CBP processes over 40,000 parcels per night and interdicts a variety of contraband and prohibited merchandise including counterfeit checks, illegal drugs, illegal monetary instruments, fraudulent documents, and shipments of intellectual property rights violations.
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.