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Chicago CBP Finds $775,000 in Drug Paraphernalia

Release Date: 
December 13, 2011

Chicago - On Dec. 5, Chicago Customs and Border Protection officers seized a significant amount of drug paraphernalia at a Chicago centralized examination station.

CBP officers found the documents presented for entry described the shipment as "Ceramic Accessories" valued at $15,750 from a violator known for importing intellectual property right protected counterfeit goods. Upon physical examination, CBP officers discovered 45,000 items packed in 109 boxes.

Contained within the shipment were 10,000 aluminum and 35,000 ceramic pipes. Working with CBP import specialists, it was determined that the value of the entire shipment was $775,000. The shipment arrived in California from China at the end of October as part of a 40-foot ocean container. The container was allowed to proceed to Chicago for distribution of its contents throughout the Midwest. Upon the CBP inspection at the CES, officers located the contraband and seized the shipment.

"This is a great example of the layered approach CBP has in place to protect the nation," said David J. Murphy, CBP director of field operations in Chicago. "The CBP officers in Long Beach alerted CBP in Chicago who, in turn, made the discovery and effected the seizure keeping these illegal products off the streets."

Under federal law 21 USC 863, it is unlawful for any person to import, export, sell or offer for sale drug paraphernalia and to use the mails to transport drug paraphernalia.

Editor's Note: High Quality b-roll footage of the seized material can be found at: (Footage)

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) 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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017