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CBP Officers in Jacksonville Seize alpha-PVP a.k.a. “Flakka”

Release Date: 
July 16, 2015

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operation (OFO) officers at the courier mail facility in Jacksonville, Florida seized nearly two kilograms of alpha-pyrrolidinovalerophenone (alpha-PVP) discovered in a package arriving from China. The package was seized on Monday July 13th. The drug is more commonly known as “gravel” or “flakka”.

Flakka seized on July 13 by CBP officers at the courier mail facility in Jacksonville, Florida.

Flakka seized on July 13 by CBP officers at the courier mail facility in Jacksonville, Florida.

CBP officers found the package to be suspicious and selected it for further inspection. A total of approximately 1.99 kilograms was seized and all evidence was turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). 

Flakka is typically sold as powder or crystals and can be administered by snorting, swallowing in pill form, injection, or smoking. Use with electronic cigarettes is increasing. The appeal to recreational users is that flakka is easily accessible and can go undetected in routine drug testing. Flakka affects the user in a variety of ways, ranging from an elevated heart rate and mild anxiety, to paranoia and psychosis. Persons under the influence of flakka generally report a feeling of euphoria, but have been known to become aggressive and combative. Flakka is also highly addictive, as users report the desire to binge, especially when vaporizing the drug.

“Flakka is an extremely dangerous drug and we are very proud of our CBP officers for intercepting this package and keeping this drug off the street,” said Jacksonville Port Director Douglas Straatsma.

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Last modified: 
February 9, 2017