Cincinnati customs officers intercept four shipments containing deadly drugs

CINCINNATI — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in Cincinnati intercepted four shipments of deadly drugs in one night, according to CBP officials.

The shipments were from Colombia, the Dominican Republic, and the United Kingdom, and were heading to residential addresses in California, New York, Michigan, and the United Kingdom.

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On May 17, CBP Narcotic Detector Dog “Bruno” was alerted to a shipment of food cans. A “white liquid substance with an unusual consistency” was found inside the cans. The substance tested positive for the properties of cocaine, and 10 pounds of the drug, worth an estimated street value of $172,000, were seized.

A second shipment that contained a coffee maker was discovered while officers inspected incoming freight from the Dominican Republic. A bag containing blue pills with triangle markings was found inside the coffee maker, according to CBP officials. The pills tested positive for Fentanyl and had a street value of over $3,000. The CBP says the pills were heading to a residence in New York.

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The CBP says two more shipments were discovered on the same night while officers inspected shipments from Colombia and the United Kingdom.

Officers found one shipment that held knee pads with a purple powder concealed within the material, and another shipment found was protein powder with a yellow tint. Both substances tested positive for Ketamine hydrochloride and combined had a value of $50,404. One shipment was heading to Michigan, while the other was heading to Colorado.

“CBP has an essential job ensuring the safety of the public, this includes detecting and intercepting threats such as deadly narcotics like Fentanyl before they reach the streets,” said Director of Field Operations for the Chicago Field Office, LaFonda D. Sutton-Burke. “The officers and specialists in Cincinnati continue to uphold the core values of CBP, and I am proud to lead such a bright workforce as we work together to combat transnational crime.”

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