PHILADELPHIA – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers used mobile x-ray technology to intercept a 40 caliber handgun and marijuana concealed inside a Trinidad-bound stereo Thursday near Philadelphia.
During a routine examination of outbound air cargo, CBP officers detected an anomaly on an x-ray image of the radio receiver. Officers disassembled the receiver and discovered a Springfield Armory XD semi-automatic handgun, one magazine, and 10 vacuum-sealed bags containing a green, leafy material that field-tested positive for marijuana.
The marijuana weighed 540 grams, or a little more than one pound and three ounces, and had a street value of less than $1,000.
“This seizure illustrates how U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers effectively employ available technologies to intercept illicit contraband and dangerous weapons while facilitating the expeditious movement of legitimate international commerce,” said Susan Stranieri, CBP Port Director for the Area Port of Philadelphia.
Non-Intrusive Inspection (NII) technologies, which enable CBP to quickly examine the contents of shipping containers and other conveyances, are a key component in CBP’s layered enforcement strategy to protect America, our citizens and our nation’s economy.
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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.