Jamaica, NY - Not to be confused with the old song "Leather and Lace" this is Heroin and Lace and U. S. Customs and Border Protection Officers took it off the play list.
On August 23rd CBP Officers examined a shipment manifested as "Cloth lace" arriving from India.
An examination of the carton revealed 15 cloth lace packages, 12 of which were wrapped around cardboard inside plastic bags. The CBP Officers separated the cloth lace from the packages and probed the cardboard revealing a brown powder that tested positive for Heroin. The three cloth lace packages without the cardboard packing did not contain any narcotics.
New York Field Operations Director, Robert E. Perez said, "This is just the latest example of the creativity that these would be smugglers employ to import illicit narcotics into the United States; fortunately we have highly skilled and dedicated CBP officers who are determined to interrupt, interfere and intercept these illegal shipments."
A total of 329 grams (11.6 ounces) of heroin was concealed in 12 of the 15 packages;
the street value of the heroin seized is approximately $33,000 dollars. Homeland Security Investigations was contacted and took control of the illicit narcotics pending a further investigation.
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.