Cincinnati CBP Seizes Large Amount of Cocaine and Meth in Outbound Shipments

The shipments were intercepted over the past three weeks.

NDD Bico and x-rays led to CBP officers in Cincinnati finding cocaine sewn into the lining of this lead apron. In three weeks officers in Cincinnati found nearly 100 pounds of illegal narcotics concealed in several shipments. Photo by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. 

CINCINNATI – On Wednesday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that officers in Cincinnati seized 10 shipments of narcotics being moved from and throughout the United States to countries around the world.

Combined, the shipments held nearly 100 pounds of dangerous and illegal narcotics, including around 74 pounds of cocaine and 24 pounds of methamphetamine.

The street value of the narcotics is estimated at $1.2 million.

According to CBP, the narcotics were found in items such as tools, tea sets, racing jackets, a chessboard, puzzles and children’s books, water filters, and more.

“CBP is responsible for ensuring that all goods entering and exiting the United States comply with all applicable U.S. laws and regulations,” said Cincinnati Port Director Richard Gillespie. “Exporting is very important to the U.S. economy, and our officers will continue to ensure legitimate trade continues while using their training and skills to prevent dangerous narcotics from entering or exiting the country.”

Cocaine and methamphetamine are Schedule II substances under the Controlled Substances Act. Their abuse can lead to many adverse health consequences including cardiac arrhythmias, heart conditions, cardiac arrest, convulsions, stroke, and death. 

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