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Top CBP K-9 Finds Opium in International Mail Shipments

Release Date: 
March 29, 2011

Chicago Drug Seizure

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Chicago - He may be called "man's best friend" but U.S. Customs and Border Protection Canine Rambo can be drug smugglers worst nightmare as he and his CBP officer partner stacked up three more seizures of opium while working at the International Mail Facility near O'Hare Airport this month. Recently, Rambo's zero-tolerance nose has found opium hidden within a shipment of fancy women's sandals; opium impregnated into the colorful cloth of women's shawls and more opium impregnated into the cloth of a shipment of tablecloths.

Chicago Drug Seizure

Photo Credit:Customs and Border Protection

Last week, CBP Rambo, a 65-pound Belgian Malinois, alerted to a parcel containing 22 tablecloths weighing 2.9 kilograms. Upon closer examination by CBP officers, they found a thin black tarlike substance saturated into each tablecloth which field tested positive for opium. Rambo also recently alerted to a shipment of 18 pairs of women's sandals, wherein a CBP examination and x-ray showed the heel of sandals containing thick black tar-like pellets wrapped in plastic that field tested positive for opium. The total amount of opium seized from the shipment totaled 1.7 kilograms. And on March 11, CBP Rambo and his officer partner identified a parcel containing ten long colorful shawls. Upon further examination and testing, CBP officers found the actual shawl cloth contained the presence of opium. The weight of the ten opium saturated shawls totaled 3.1 kilograms. All parcels originated in Laos and were destined for St. Paul, MN.

Chicago Drug Seizure

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"Wherever smugglers can hide it, Rambo can find it. CBP canine enforcement teams are an extremely effective tool in helping our officers seize harmful illegal drugs in international mail shipments," said David Murphy, CBP Director of Field Operations in Chicago. "Smugglers have months and years to devise and conceive ways to try to defeat our enforcement efforts; however, our trained officers and in this case, our four-legged partners have the nose to ferret out these concealment methods."

Throughout the year, CBP canine enforcement teams working at international mail facilities examine, millions of international mail shipments coming in 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, 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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017