Clever hiding places don't fool customs agents at UPS; 20 pounds of drugs seized

X-ray detects contraband in UPS packages
X-ray detects contraband in UPS packages

Louisville, KY - Posted by Mike Dever - email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - October has been a busy month for Customs and Border Protection officials at Louisville's UPS hub. During the first few days of October, customs officers at the UPS Express Consignment Operation in Louisville have seized over 20 pounds of narcotics. The drugs found range from marijuana to ecstasy to cocaine.

According to a news release from UPS, the seizures range from two ounces to nine pounds. The total value of all the narcotics seized has been estimated at over $120,000.

CBP officers were alerted to the presence of the drugs after routine x-rays showed anomalies within everyday items. In one case, ecstasy tablets were found in a jar of peanut butter; marijuana was found in plastic buckets and cocaine was found stashed in decorative statues and canned food.

UPS officials say the drugs were headed to locations across the U.S., and originated in Canada, Mexico and the Dominican Republic.

So far, no arrests have been made but all the cases are still under investigation.

"I take great pride in knowing that we have a highly dedicated and committed group of CBP officers assigned to the UPS facility disrupting the flow of illicit narcotics into our country," said David J. Murphy, CBP director of field operations in Chicago. "The seizures are a direct result of the officer's use of their intuition, experience and available resources in the detection and interdiction of these narcotic shipments."

CBP officers process over 40,000 parcels per night at the UPS facility in Louisville and are responsible for a variety of seizures including counterfeit checks, drugs, monetary instruments, fraudulent documents, and intellectual property rights violations.

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