Drugs found hidden in a child's toy by customs
officers at the DHL hub at the Cincinnati-
Northern Kentucky International Airport.
(Hebron, Ky.) - Hidden in everything from toys to picture frames, three tons of drugs have been seized since October from parcel shipments passing through the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection says it has found 556 instances of drugs totaling 6,300 pounds as a result of searches at the DHL shipping hub.
The seizures are up by more than 50 percent over what they had been the prior year, thanks in part to a swell in shipping volume through DHL’s facility at CVG.
Customs agents work 24/7 using x-ray machines, radiation technology, and canine teams to sift through incoming freight.
Drugs ranging from cocaine to heroin to marijuana have been found hidden in picture frames and children’s toys.
“Drug smugglers are very adaptable and resourceful in developing ever changing techniques used to conceal and smuggle their illicit contraband into this country,” said David Murphy, CBP Chicago Director Office of Field Operations. “Our officers have honed their specials skills utilizing officer experience and training to combat, detect and identify these ingenious and specialized smuggling attempts in the express carrier environment. Complimenting these efforts are our ever faithful and effective detector dogs whose keen nose and instincts ferret out these harmful shipments of contraband no matter how they are disguised.”
The drugs found at DHL range include cocaine, methamphetamine, ecstasy, hashish, heroin, khat, marijuana and opium.