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A Speaker Containing Lethal Narcotic Intercepted by CBP Officers in Louisville

Release Date: 
August 27, 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky—On August 26, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in Louisville seized a shipment containing the deadly narcotic fentanyl. Speaker 

The shipment originated from Mexico and was headed to Bronx, New York. The parcel was manifested as a car horn, but an x-ray revealed something else. Upon examination, a speaker was found and removed for inspection. A hole was drilled into the side of the speaker and a white powdery substance was seen, which tested positive for fentanyl. Officers did not try to extract the drug and immediately seized the shipment. Fentanyl is an extremely toxic substance to handle, in addition to being a dangerous narcotic to use. Officers are extremely careful when confronted with this substance, which again demonstrates the risk CBP officers face performing their daily duties.

“Our officers inspect a lot of packages every night, and being able to find this lethal drug and seize it before it made it to its destination demonstrates our officers dedication in the work they do,” said Thomas Mahn, Port Director-Louisville. “This is a great discovery by our officers.”

From October 1, 2019 to July 31, 2020, CBP officers attached to the Office of Field Operations have seized 2,852 pounds of fentanyl.

Fentanyl and its analogues are synthetic opioids that bind to and activate the opioid receptors in the brain creating analgesic and euphoric effects. Compared to other opioid medications, most types of fentanyl are extremely powerful.   

CBP conducts operations at ports of entry throughout the United States, and regularly screens arriving international passengers and cargo for narcotics, weapons, and other restricted or prohibited products. CBP strives to serve as the premier law enforcement agency enhancing the Nation’s safety, security, and prosperity through collaboration, innovation, and integration.

Last modified: 
August 27, 2020