Sweet Find: CBP Finds Meth Concealed in Candy
HOUSTON - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) were inspecting cargo shipments of foodstuff when they made a sweet discovery, Nov. 27
Tucked inside candy waffle cones was 11.7 pounds of methamphetamine valued at about $39,900.
CBP officers were conducting x-rayed examinations of arriving cargo when they noticed an anomaly within a shipment of hard candies arriving from Mexico. Once they opened the bag of candies, they found a white, crystalline substance hidden inside the waffle cones. Testing of the crystalline substance indicated a positive result for methamphetamine.
“Our agency is committed to detecting and preventing dangerous narcotics from entering our nation’s border,” said Houston Area Port Director Raymond S. Polley. “This seizure is particularly meaningful as the narcotic filled candy could have ended up in the hands of children.”
Methamphetamine is a Schedule II drug and has a high potential for abuse. CBP officers seized five large bags of candy, which contained the narcotics that were destined for Houston. On a typical day in fiscal year 2017, CBP seized 5,863 pounds of narcotics and disrupted 222 pounds of narcotics.
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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.