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Cincinnati CBP Intercepts Opium Hidden in Shipment of Gears

Release Date: 
July 8, 2011

Cincinnati, Ohio - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Cincinnati DHL hub facility continuously intercept thousands of illegal drug shipments hidden in all types of foreign parcels each year. Recently, officers seized a shipment of opium concealed within plastic gears coming from Turkey once again illustrating successful CBP enforcement in the ever-challenging and growing express consignment environment.

CBP officers find opium hidden in gears

"Our job is to outsmart, out-think and out-maneuver drug smugglers who constantly attempt to sneak their harmful and dangerous contraband past our officers," said David Murphy, CBP Chicago Director Office of Field Operations. "For as many ways smugglers can think to hide drugs we have ways to find them. That is why we are always working, changing and improving our methods, operations and technology to keep everyone, even persons in other countries, safe from those who would import harmful and illegal drug shipments."

On July 1, CBP officers at the DHL hub examined a shipment invoiced as "yarn machine parts" which contained eight small black plastic gear cylinders. An x-ray image revealed anomalies and further inspection found that the cylinders were filled with a black tarlike substance that tested positive for opium. The shipment weighed more than 13 pounds and was addressed to a location in Canada. The case is currently under investigation.

CBP officers who work at express consignment operations inspect shipments coming into this country as well as those transiting through to other countries. There are 25 express consignment operation facilities located throughout the nation where CBP officers process millions of inbound and outbound parcels overnight. CBP agriculture specialists also work at these facilities and intercept thousands of actionable pests to protect the health and safety of U.S. agricultural resources.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017