ORLANDO - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers in Orlando, Florida inspected a cargo shipment arriving from Mexico on Oct. 15 and discovered packages wrapped in tape and carbon paper, containing a compacted green leafy substance, concealed within buckets of liquid sealant.
CBP officers selected the shipment for further examination and noticed anomalies on the x-ray screen. Physical inspection of the buckets revealed a green leafy substance that tested positive for marijuana.
A total of 360 pounds of marijuana was seized and all evidence was turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
“The men and women of CBP are the frontline of defense against drug smuggling into the United States. This seizure is an excellent example of their hard work and commitment to the mission,” said Orlando Port Director Eduardo Oliveros.
CBP is responsible for enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws and regulations. On a typical day, CBP welcomes nearly 1 million visitors, screens more than 67,000 cargo containers, arrests more than 1,100 individuals and seizes nearly 6 tons of illicit drugs.
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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.