LOUISVILLE, Ky.—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in Louisville have had a busy week seizing illegal shipments of narcotics, counterfeits, prohibited items and illegal documents.
From October 1-8 officers inspected thousands of packages looking for prohibited items - such as threats to national security, illegal narcotics, synthetic drugs, protected wildlife and intellectual property rights (IPR) violations. What they have seized is a laundry list of items that are dangerous to the community and fraudulent items that are either dangerous to your health or swindle U.S. consumers.
Just this week CBP officers in Louisville have seized:
-More than 36 pounds of cocaine
-Almost seven pounds of Dimethyltryptamine (DMT), a schedule I controlled substance for its psychoactive effects
- More than 5 pounds of Fentanyl
-A half a pound of Hydrocodone
-Over 28 pounds of Crystal Methamphetamine and Methamphetamine
-Nearly 45 pounds of Marijuana
-other shipments of ecstasy and other pain relievers
The total street value of all of these narcotics was more than $3.4 million.
CBP officers aren’t just finding narcotics, they also seized more than $4.2 million of counterfeit items to include: bedsheets, professional sports jerseys, handbags, belts, jewelry, and clothing. A total of 2,654 items were seized protecting U.S. consumers from being conned.
Additionally, officers seized pill presses, drug pipes, cigarettes, fake IDs, fake passports, Botox, and other FDA prohibited items, in addition to 280 agriculture seizures. All of these items were worth more than $20,900.
“These seizures represent the wide variety of illegal shipments our officers see on a nightly basis. Each night the dedicated staff of CBP officers and CBP agriculture specialists assigned to Louisville screen thousands of packages entering the country,” said Thomas Mahn, Port Director-Louisville. “Their success is evident by the continued interception of narcotics, counterfeit goods, and agricultural violations intercepted each night. While the world sleeps, they are fast at work securing the country.”
With limited exceptions, all inbound international mail is subject to inspection by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. CBP inspects these mailings to ensure compliance with federal laws and related federal regulations and policies.
CBP's border security mission is led at ports of entry by CBP officers from the Office of Field Operations. Please visit CBP Ports of Entry to learn more about how CBP’s Office of Field Operations secures our nation’s borders. Learn more about CBP at www.CBP.gov.