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Louisville CBP Discovers Meth Concealed Inside a Spool

Release Date
Tue, 08/18/2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officers in Louisville intercepted a spool of rope that concealed methamphetamine.Meth Rope

On August 13, 2020 CBP officers discovered and seized a shipment concealing the methamphetamine inside a large spool of rope. CBP officers extracted a white powder by drilling into the metal spool which the rope was coiled around. The substance tested positive for methamphetamine. The parcel originated in Mexico and was destined for Magnolia, Texas.

“CBP encounters narcotic and other contraband concealed in an ever-changing variety of items,” commented Brian Lick, Chief Customs and Border Protection Officer. “Our officers remain vigilant often using their experience and intuition to discover these concealment methods to keep dangerous drugs out of our communities.”

Methamphetamine is a powerful, highly addictive stimulant that affects the central nervous system.  Stimulants increase the amount of natural chemical messengers called norepinephrine and dopamine in the brain. This in turn increases blood pressure and heart rate, constricts blood vessels, increases blood glucose, and increases breathing — which can cause rapid or irregular heartbeat, delirium, panic, psychosis, paranoia and heart failure. There is also the potential for cardiovascular failure (heart attack) or deadly seizures. Stimulants can be addictive in that individuals begin to use them compulsively.

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.

Last Modified: Feb 03, 2021