CINCINNATI - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in Cincinnati intercepted a shipment containing nearly 25lbs of liquid cocaine at a local express consignment facility.
CBP officers selected the shipment for inspection on February 6, while reviewing incoming cargo from Columbia. The package was manifested as “Rose Waters,” and contained 12 bottles of both clear and rose-colored liquid. Officers tested the liquid, which was positive for cocaine.
“Our officers are committed to keep our country and communities safe from illegal and dangerous drugs,” said CBP Cincinnati Port Director Richard Gillespie. “This seizure is one example where their training and quick response was critical for officer safety as well.”
The package came from Medellin, Columbia and was destined to a residence in Revere, Massachusetts.
Cocaine is a dangerous stimulant with a highly addictive potential. Abuse of the drug can lead to paranoia, exhaustion, heart conditions, convulsions, stroke, and death. It is classified as a Schedule II stimulant under the Controlled Substances Act.
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.