CINCINNATI— On Tuesday, September 15, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in Cincinnati seized a shipment containing 29 pounds of cocaine concealed in 11 pouches labeled as shelf-stable emergency food rations. The cocaine has a street value of $952,200.
The pouches were part of a shipment of survival gear containing buckets, canteens, and other items headed from a fictitious address in Fullerton, California to a private residence in Mona Vale, Australia.
CBP Cincinnati Port Director Richard Gillespie commended his officers for their work on this shipment. “CBP is responsible for ensuring that all goods entering and exiting the United States do so in accordance with all applicable U.S. laws and regulations. Our officers and specialists in Cincinnati consistently showcase their quality training and commitment to the CBP mission. They are exceptional at what they do, and are part of the best frontline defense in the world.”
Cocaine is a dangerous and highly addictive stimulant. Abuse of the drug can lead to paranoia, exhaustion, heart conditions, convulsions, stroke, and death. It is classified as a Schedule II stimulant 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.