Drugs found hidden in a child's toy by customs
officers at the DHL hub at the Cincinnati-
Northern Kentucky International Airport.
(Hebron, Ky.) - Counterfeit prescriptions, fake Viagra, and synthetic marijuana are being found almost daily at the DHL express shipping hub at the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky Airport.
U.S. Customs and Border Patrol says its agents have seized more than 300 shipments at the hub this year, already a 43 percent increase from last year.
Just last month, a package from India manifested as containing “Harmless Generic Medicine” was recently stopped by officers working at the DHL facility. Inside were more than 8,000 counterfeit tablets of Tadalafil.
The bust added to a 1,046 pound mountain of other fake, illegal, and dangerous substances during the fiscal year.
“When people order any type of medication or other substance over the internet from an unlicensed company, it may seem like a bargain and a way to save money in such economically hard times but they fail to realize that they can also lose their money, their health, and even their life,” said David Murphy, CBP Chicago Director of Field Operations.
Murphy said it is the job of Customs agents to seize those shipments in other to protect people and legitimate businesses.
“The ingredients, strength, dosages and manufacturing processes are an unknown, so in the end, it is really no bargain but rather a potential health risk,” he said.
The shipments which move through the DHL hub are being distributed around the world. The 8,000-pill shipment was bound from Indiana to Belize.