CINCINNATI—This past week, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in Cincinnati seized two shipments of cocaine concealed in shower curtains and posters at a local express consignment facility.
When a narcotics detector dog alerted to two shipments from the Dominican Republic, one manifested as “twenty four posters” and the other as “drops on canvas,” officers opened the packages to find they contained shower curtains with large rings, and posters with large rings similar to the shower curtains. The posters and the shower curtains seemed unusually thick around the rings, and upon further inspection officers determined that cocaine was embedded between the layers.
Both shipments were mailed from Mexico and destined for delivery to individuals in both Worcester, Massachusetts, and London, England. The total weight of both shipments was about 50 pounds. The street value of the cocaine was $638,000
“Smugglers are constantly trying to bring in dangerous and illegal narcotics, but our officers use their extensive training and expertise to recognize and identify unusual concealments in order to protect the American public,” said Cincinnati Port Director Richard Gillespie.
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.
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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.