SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers seized a parcel January 22 containing 5.29 pounds (2.4 kilos) of marijuana at the International Mail facility of the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport.
During inbound inspection of incoming mail from St. Thomas, a large box was randomly selected for inspection. The package indicated that postage was paid in Christiansted, USVI, and was destined to New York.
An X-ray inspection revealed five organic shapes inside the box and was referred for further inspection, revealing 5.29 lbs. of vacuum-sealed packets, wrapped in carbon paper.
A field test of a green leafy substance in all five bags reacted positive to marijuana.
The marijuana was seized and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for further investigation.
CBP's Office of Field Operations is responsible for securing our borders at the ports of entry. CBP's primary mission is anti-terrorism. Every day they screen all people, vehicles and goods entering the United States, while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel in and out of the United States. Their mission also includes carrying out traditional border-related responsibilities, including narcotics interdiction; enforcement of trade and immigration laws; protecting the nation's food supply; and protecting U.S. agriculture from pests and diseases.
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.