Louisville, Ky. - During the first few days of October, Customs and Border Protection officers, stationed at the UPS Express Consignment Operation in Louisville, Ky., seized more than 20 pounds of narcotics including everything from marijuana to ecstasy to cocaine. The seizures range from two ounces to nine pounds. The total value of the narcotics is in excess of $120,000.
CBP officers found the drugs after routine X-rays showed anomalies within everyday items. Ecstasy tablets were found in a jar of peanut butter, marijuana in plastic buckets and cocaine in decorative statues and canned food. The interdicted narcotics were destined for various locations throughout the United States and originated in Canada, Mexico and the Dominican Republic. No arrests have been made in relation to these seizures as the cases are still under investigation.
"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," said David J. Murphy, CBP director of field operations in Chicago. "The seizures are a direct result of the officer's use of their intuition, experience and available resources in the detection and interdiction of these narcotic shipments."
CBP officers process over 40,000 parcels per night at the UPS facility in Louisville and effect a variety of seizures including counterfeit checks, drugs, monetary instruments, fraudulent documents, and intellectual property rights violations.
CBP officers and agriculture specialists are stationed at express consignment facilities located throughout the country. CBP constantly conducts enforcement operations on international parcels and is on the lookout for any type of contraband or prohibited items being shipped to the U.S. Demonstrating CBP's commitment to protecting our nation at all levels all shipments are processed through a radiation portal to ensure that radioactive materials do not enter this country.
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.