CINCINNATI—On March 9, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers stationed at the Port of Cincinnati seized an outbound shipment declared as containing clothing after they discovered it also contained loose gold and gold bars worth far more than the declared value of $125 USD.
Laboratories and Scientific Services
STERLING, Va. – It may not rise to the level of a Galileo or Marco Polo discovery, but a recent Customs and Border Protection discovery is just as exciting, while also raising significant concern.
On Monday, May 17, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers (CBPOs) in Jackson, MS selected for random inspection a package arriving from Turkey. The package was manifested as “Kitchen ornament and Turkish delight set” with a consignee in MS. Upon physical inspection, CBPOs found the shipment to contain 120 boxes (1,440 packets) of three different kinds of honey that had not been manifested. CBPOs detained the shipment and contacted FDA for guidance.
An unknown substance is found in a shipment at an express consignment facility in Memphis, Tennessee. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officer brings it to a chemist with our office of Laboratories and Scientific Services (LSS). For a 100%, legally confirmed identification of the substance that could stand in a court of law, it would have to be sent to a lab in Savannah, Georgia, and could take weeks. Now, it never leaves the building and can take four seconds.
Andrew Laurence and Shannon Ferguson, two CBP scientists from the Operations Support’s Laboratories and Scientific Services Chicago Laboratory, have secured a top five spot and remain in the running to be named the 2020 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals, People’s Choice Winner.
For their outstanding efforts, Laurence and Ferguson were selected as Emerging Leaders finalists—a category that recognizes the significant contributions of federal professionals under the age of 35.
Two U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) scientists from Operations Support’s Laboratories and Scientific Services, Chicago Laboratory, were selected as finalists in the 2020 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals—or the Sammies—an award program that honors federal employees who exemplify excellence and dedication through noteworthy and inspiring acts.
CHICAGO– U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the International Mail Branch (IMB) facility at O’Hare International Airport is opening a new satellite lab located at the IMB to help identify illegal narcotics being shipped through the mail.
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) leaders signed an agreement today to maximize inspection and detection capabilities in order to prevent illegal and harmful products from entering the U.S. through the nation’s International Mail Facilities (IMFs) and Ports of Entry.