MINNEAPOLIS — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport seized more than seven pounds of Heroin discovered in a passenger’s luggage. The 56-year-old Canadian citizen arrived on a flight from Amsterdam and was selected for examination.
During the baggage inspection last month, CBP officers discovered a hidden compartment in the travelers’ luggage containing a cream colored substance. The cream colored substance was tested and came back positive for Heroin.
“This is a testament to how highly dedicated and committed our CBP officers are at disrupting the flow of illicit narcotics into our country,” said Kathleen Koetz, Minneapolis Area Port Director. “Even though concealment methods vary and can be extremely difficult to detect our CBP officers are well trained, experienced, and will find this contraband!”
The Heroin was seized and the passenger was transported to Hennepin County for prosecution, which was accepted by the U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota.
CBP conducts operations at ports of entry throughout the United States, and regularly screens arriving international passengers and cargo for narcotics, weapons, and other restricted or prohibited products. CBP strives to serve as the premier law enforcement agency enhancing the Nation’s safety, security, and prosperity through collaboration, innovation, and integration.
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.