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Criminals Get Creative Attempting to Smuggle Narcotics and Currency Past CBP Officers

Over a period of six days in late February and early March, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers stationed at the Port of Cincinnati seized four shipments containing cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana, and undeclared U.S. currency, each smuggled in a unique way.

On February 23, Narcotics Detector Dog Bruno alerted to a shipment of cookware transiting from Canada to Australia. The cookware appeared to have unusual defects in the non-stick lining, and when officers took a closer look, they found cocaine packed inside compartments in the bottom of the pans.

Bruno also alerted to a shipment of injectable equine medication imported from Mexico to Longview, Texas on February 25. When officers tested the substance inside the bottles of medicine, they found out it was liquid methamphetamine.

The next day, while inspecting a shipment of toys from Mexico, officers found $15,000 of undeclared U.S. currency secured behind an action figure. The shipment was destined to Houston, Texas.

Then on March 1, officers found both methamphetamine and marijuana packed inside air pumps and speakers in a shipment coming from Mexico and headed to Austin, Texas.

“Our officers are exceptional at detecting smuggled narcotics and other contraband,” said Cincinnati Port Director Richard Gillespie. “When toy action figures hold mantid egg cases or undeclared U.S. currency, horse medications turn out to be liquid methamphetamine, air pumps and speakers contain methamphetamine and marijuana, honey is spiked with Cialis and Viagra, and cocaine can be found coating cereal flakes or hidden inside cookware, officers learn to think creatively about the many ways smugglers try to evade inspection.”

Read the announcement at CBP

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