07/31/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/31/2020 07:21
CINCINNATI-Last Friday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in Cincinnati intercepted two shipments containing a total of 11 pounds of smuggled methamphetamine at a local express consignment facility.
The first shipment, which was labeled as 'candles and crafts,' was being imported from San Luis Potosi, Mexico to an individual in Dallas, Texas. The package contained two large candles and other personal items. Officers noticed inconsistencies in the density of the candle and drilled through the center to find plastic and a white substance embedded in the wax. The substance tested positive for methamphetamine.
Another shipment, labeled as 'melamine dishes and Mexican crafts,' came from Mexico City, Mexico, en route to a private residence in Rhodes, Australia. The shipment contained dinner plates in a homemade decorative box made of thick, covered cardboard. Noting inconsistencies with the sides of the box, officers cut into the cardboard and discovered a white powder that subsequently tested positive for methamphetamine.
'During this time of uncertainty and change our officers continue to secure and protect our nation by preventing drugs like these from reaching innocent civilians,' said CBP Cincinnati Port Director Richard Gillespie. 'Our focus remains the same as we guard our borders and work with transnational partners to root out organized crime.'
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.