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01/24/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/24/2020 14:37

CBP Louisville Seizes Almost 700 Pounds of Marijuana in 13 Days

LOUISVILLE-Starting on January 9, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) K-9 officers in Louisville joined forces with local Louisville Metro Police officers for large drug seizures at the Express Consignment Operations hub in Louisville.

During the first week, CBP K-9 officers and their partners Thibo and Plucky, helped discover 338 lbs. of Marijuana, 600 THC Vapes, 37 lbs. of THC Wax, and 10 lbs. of edible Marijuana products. This was a culmination of five days of work, and a total of 37 different shipments sniffed out by both CBP dogs. The drugs were found without any intelligence or notification, what are referred to as 'cold hits'.

'Our canine teams are an invaluable asset to the CBP enforcement strategy,' says Anthony Speranza, Supervisory CBP Canine Officer. 'These interdictions are a testament to the hard work, dedication and training these teams employ on a daily basis protecting America.'

During the following week, officers seized more than 350 lbs. of Marijuana. Also seized during this timeframe was more than 500 pills of Fentanyl.

'The Port of Louisville Canine Enforcement Officers and their Canine partners are among the most successful Narcotic Detector Dog teams in the nation,' says Brian Lick, Chief Supervisory CBP Officer. 'They positively impact our communities by intercepting millions of dollars' worth of narcotics a year preventing them from hitting our streets.'

Marijuana is a dangerous and highly addictive stimulant. Abuse of these drugs can lead to paranoia, exhaustion, heart conditions, convulsions, stroke, and death. It is classified as Schedule II stimulants under the Controlled Substances Act.

Due to CBP's robust capabilities, we frequently work with Federal, State and local agencies on many different missions. The illegal substances were all turned over to the Louisville Metropolitan Police Department, Narcotics Unit.

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.