CINCINNATI—On June 1, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in Cincinnati intercepted methamphetamine smuggled inside an industrial cylinder at a local express consignment facility.
While checking incoming freight from Mexico, CBP Narcotic Detector Dog Betty alerted to a shipment manifested as “new industrial damper.” The package contained a large metal cylinder with two threaded plugs on either end. Officers noted inconsistencies with the density of the shipment during an x-ray exam, and after removing the plugs they saw a white powder contained in plastic wrap within the cylinder. The powder tested positive for methamphetamine.
“CBP has a world-class workforce reinforcing the continuity of our national security and supporting our international law enforcement counterparts,” said CBP Cincinnati Port Director Richard Gillespie. “Our officers in Cincinnati work round the clock to ensure the safety of Americans and people around the world.”
The cylinder and drugs, collectively weighing about 71 pounds, was destined to a private residence in Fitzroy, Australia.
Methamphetamine is dangerous and highly addictive stimulants. Abuse can lead to paranoia, exhaustion, heart conditions, convulsions, stroke, and death. Methamphetamine is classified as Schedule II stimulants under the Controlled Substances Act.
CBP conducts operations at ports of entry throughout the United States, and regularly screens arriving international passengers and cargo for narcotics, weapons, and other restricted or prohibited products. CBP strives to serve as the premier law enforcement agency enhancing the Nation’s safety, security, and prosperity through collaboration, innovation, and integration.