LOUISVILLE, KY.—Customs and Border Protection officers recently seized more than half a pound of heroin at the Louisville UPS express consignment facility. Hidden at the bottom of a large duffle bag, the cache of heroin was detected by CBP officers and intercepted on February 28.
"As the largest law enforcement agency in the country, CBP officers work in all types of environments using their unique sets of operational skills to ensure that harmful illegal drugs that are transiting this country don't get to their final destination," said Acting Director of CBP Chicago Field Operations William A. Ferrara. "This was an excellent interception by our CBP officers at the Louisville UPS location who consistently seize shipments of dangerous drugs and other contraband coming into our nation."
CBP officers in Louisville discovered the shipment of heroin during a routine inspection of international air freight arriving from India. Upon examination, the illegal narcotic was discovered concealed within the bottom wooden framing of a large red duffle bag. The shipment of approximately 11 ounces was destined for Toronto, Canada. No arrests have been made at this time; however, the information has been shared with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
CBP officers and agriculture specialists are stationed at the express consignment and cargo facilities located throughout the country. CBP examines arriving international freight for all types of contraband or prohibited items being shipped to the United States.
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.