Chicago - Chicago U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers working at the International mail facility near O'Hare Airport recently seized a shipment of beautifully embroidered jackets from Laos, completely saturated with liquid opium. The newest member of the Chicago CBP canine team found the parcel and stacked up yet another seizure with this case.
On July 11, CBP canine Rogue, a four-year-old Belgian Malinois, alerted to an imported shipment of 16 embroidered black jackets, manifested as "Mong Traditional Skirt handicraft." CBP officers x-rayed the jackets finding no hidden lining or secret compartments but a narcotics test revealed the presence of opium. The weight of the jackets totaled approximately ten pounds and the parcel was addressed to a location in Minnesota.
"Usually our CBP officers working with international mail will see an opium-soaked lining or cloth sewn into a jacket or other piece of material," said David Murphy, CBP Director of Field Operations in Chicago. "This is the first time we have seen entire jackets that were dipped in vats of liquefied opium, dried and sent to this country. Although concealment methods may vary, our officers and canines remain vigilant in seizing loads of harmful, unlawful narcotics everyday. We are especially pleased to welcome our newest four-legged officer Rogue, who has already become a valuable asset."
Transferring from a CBP Cincinnati express consignment operation in April, Rogue is the newest member of the Port of Chicago CBP canine family. So far he has seized multiple shipments of opium, ecstasy and methamphetamine.
Throughout the year, CBP canine enforcement teams working at international mail facilities examine millions of foreign mail shipments coming into the U. S. from all parts of the world. In Chicago, the CBP canine crew includes Belgian Malinois, German Shepherds, Labradors and Beagles. These dogs are highly trained in different programs to detect large amounts of currency; illegal drugs or agriculture items such as fruits, meats and plants. There are over 1,300 CBP canine teams located throughout the country. They are a vital weapon in the war against drugs and are constantly on the job keeping our neighborhoods and nation safe.
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.