Cincinnati - Cincinnati Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the DHL Express Consignment Facility recently seized almost 80 pounds of opium saturated woodchips inside two international shipments destined for Minnesota.
On Nov. 11, CBP alerted to x-rays of two parcels containing plastic wrapped bundles woodchips that tested positive for opium. The parcels were manifested as "dried homemade herbal" and were valued at $114 each. Both packages were shipped from Laos to an address in Minneapolis, MN and had a total weight of 36.15 kilograms. The investigation continues regarding these seizures as no arrests have been made at this time.
"Our express consignment CBP officers are experts in finding illegal drugs including opium that has been found saturated in pieces of cloth, soaked into small twigs and now in this case, saturated in woodchips," said David Murphy, Chicago CBP director of Field Operations. "Everyday presents a new challenge and opportunity for CBP to constantly outsmart drug smugglers and keep our country safe."
CBP officers routinely discover and seize drugs such as marijuana, opium, heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine, concealed in ingenious methods, arriving from origins throughout the world in foreign mail.
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.