CINCINNATI—On Friday, October 29th, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the port of Cincinnati discovered and seized methamphetamine that was concealed within two clay sculptures.
While examining incoming freight from Canada, CBP officers selected a shipment described on the invoice as “2X Sculpture, 1X Family Photo” for an x-ray inspection. Upon conclusion of the x-ray inspection, examining officers noted inconsistencies with the density of two clay figurines. The officers made one small hole in each sculpture using a drill and discovered that the anomaly found in the x-ray was a white powder that tested positive for methamphetamine.
Destined for a private residence in Auckland, New Zealand, the sculptures, and the methamphetamine had a collective weight of just over five pounds.
Methamphetamine is a dangerous and highly addictive stimulant. Abuse can lead to paranoia, exhaustion, heart conditions, convulsions, stroke, and death. Methamphetamine is classified as Schedule II stimulant under the Controlled Substances Act. It is a highly addictive and dangerous stimulant.
“This is just another great example of how CBP works with our international partners throughout the world to combat illegal narcotics,” said LaFonda Sutton-Burke, Director, Field Office-Chicago. “In Cincinnati the officers work round the clock to ensure the safety of Americans and people around the world.”
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.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation’s borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.