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Cincinnati CBP Seize Heroin Hidden in Air Compressor

Release Date: 
March 5, 2010

Cincinnati - Today Customs and Border Protection officers, who work at the DHL express consignment facility in Cincinnati, seized heroin hidden inside an international shipment destined for Canada.

Air compressor conceals heroin.

Invoiced as an "air compressor," the small parcel weighed 2.2 kilograms. The heroin hidden inside of the air compressor components was found after a CBP X-ray identified an anomaly within the cylinder and a canine enforcement team alerted to the package. CBP officers drilled the cylinder and a white powder was found which tested positive for heroin. The shipment originated in Malaysia and was destined to the address of an individual in Canada.

"Every day thousands of international packages are processed at these express consignment facilities," said Richard Wysocki, CBP acting director of Field Operations in Chicago, "The work done at these facilities sometimes goes unnoticed but this discovery of heroin is another example of the fine work that CBP officers carry out on a daily basis. CBP is vigilant and on the constant lookout to prevent illegal contraband from entering or transiting this country."

CBP officers, stationed at express consignment facilities throughout the United States, examine and process all parcels arriving from or transiting through foreign points of origin. Drugs such as heroin, cocaine, khat, methamphetamine as well as counterfeit checks and fake merchandise are routinely discovered and seized by CBP officers at facilities. At this time, no arrests were made regarding this seizure and the investigation continues.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017