BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers at the Peace Bridge seized over 400 pills containing the properties of “Bath Salts.”
CBP officers at the Peace Bridge commercial facility selected a shipment from Mississagua, Ontario, bound for Middletown, N.Y., for further inspection on May 18. Shipping documents listed contents as face masks and vitamins. An examination of the package revealed more than 400 pills which tested positive for the properties of “Bath Salts.” The pills weighing approximately 93 grams, were seized for violations of U.S. law.
Alpha PVP and N-ethylpentylone, commonly known as bath salts, can induce hallucinations, paranoia, seizures, violent behavior, and death. These drugs are synthetic derivatives of cathinone, a naturally occurring psychoactive compound found in the fresh leaves of the khat plant. Bath salts are classified as Schedule I drugs under the Controlled Substances Act.
“We continue to encounter unique, prohibited products that individuals attempt to smuggle into the U.S.,” said Acting Port Director Cary Frieling. “The lethal nature of designer drugs reinforces the important job our officers perform in defending our borders and preventing the importation of these drugs.”
In fiscal year 2016, the Buffalo Field Office made more than 600 narcotic seizures, a 35-percent increase from the prior year.
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.