CINCINNATI—On August 26, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in Cincinnati intercepted more than 26 pounds of crystal methamphetamines smuggled in an air compressor at a local express consignment facility. At an average street price of $80 per gram, the seizure has a street value of approximately one million dollars.
CBP Officers cut open an air compressor that contained crystal methamphetamines after a narcotic
detection dog alerted to the package and led to the officers inspection.While checking incoming freight from Canada, CBP Narcotic Detector Dog Freddy alerted to a shipment manifested as “air pressure for filling air.” The package contained an air compressor that was destined to a private residence in Australia. CBP officers noted inconsistencies with the density of the shipment during an x-ray exam, and after a physical inspection they found a false wall inside the tank with a foil liner containing white crystals. The crystals tested positive for methamphetamines.
“This is another example of how CBP works with our international partners to combat illegal narcotics worldwide,” said CBP Cincinnati Port Director Joshua Shorr.
Methamphetamines are dangerous and highly addictive stimulants. Abuse can lead to paranoia, exhaustion, heart conditions, convulsions, stroke, and death. Methamphetamines are classified as Schedule II stimulants under the Controlled Substances Act.
CBP conducts operations at ports of entry throughout the United States, and regularly screens arriving international passengers and cargo for narcotics, weapons, and other restricted or prohibited products. CBP strives to serve as the premier law enforcement agency enhancing the Nation’s safety, security, and prosperity through collaboration, innovation, and integration.