LOUISVILLE, Ky— U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers are working 24 hours a day, seven days a week to keep Americans safe from dangerous drugs that threaten communities around the U.S. CBP officers in Louisville seized a total of 2,205 pounds of illicit drugs during the month of October.
CBP officers seized 295 shipments in October that contained various drugs. The narcotics arrived from the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Mexico, and Canada. CBP seized:
- 1,406 pounds of Marijuana
- 271 pounds of Methamphetamine
- 135 pounds of Khat
- 126 pounds of N-Dimethyltryptamine (DMT)
- 75 pounds of cocaine
- 71 pounds of Ketamine
- 43 pounds of scheduled narcotics and pre-cursors
- 29 pounds of Magic Mushrooms
- 29 pounds of Liquid Methamphetamine
- 20 pounds of steroids
“The seizure of these shipments is a testament to the outstanding job our CBP officers do every day,” said LaFonda D. Sutton-Burke, Director, Field Operations-Chicago Field Office. “Our officers are out there stopping these illegal substances from reaching the public and endangering lives.”
Drug smugglers are also trying to find interesting ways to hide their narcotics when they ship them. Officers have found drugs in toys, soles of shoes, clothing, caulk tubes, metal cylinders and paint products. “These seizures are the dangers our officers face every night, and it doesn’t stop,” said Thomas Mahn, Port Director-Louisville. “Our officers do an outstanding job stopping these shipments. These criminals keep trying different ways to sneak their contraband in and our officers do a better job of finding it and stopping it in its tracks.”
CBP officers screen international travelers and cargo, and search for illicit narcotics, unreported currency, weapons, counterfeit consumer goods, prohibited agriculture, and other illicit products that could potentially harm the American public, U.S. businesses, and our nation’s safety and economic vitality.
CBP seized an average of 4,732 pounds of dangerous drugs every day across the United States last year. Learn more about what CBP accomplished during "A Typical Day" in 2021.
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.