CHAMPLAIN, N.Y. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Champlain Port of Entry seized 27 commercial shipments of counterfeit Xanax totaling just over 35 pounds since April 24. The seizures were discovered in international shipments destined to various locations throughout the United States.
CBP officers targeted the international shipments based on previous seizures involving the same types of products. Once examined, officers discovered un-manifested and unlabeled pills that closely resembled the popular anxiety drug, Xanax. The pills were then tested and the results indicated that they had the same properties found within Xanax. As a result, the pills were determined to be a schedule IV controlled substance and cannot be shipped to the United States without a valid prescription from a physician.
“The seizure of these counterfeit drugs are vital as they could lead to serious health issues if consumed due to the nature of how they are produced and what is contained within them, said Port Director Steven Bronson. “The vigilance and skills of our CBP officers to be able to target and identify these products is not only remarkable but could also be life-saving,”.
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