More than $1 million worth cocaine and methamphetamine was seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in Cincinnati, heading for destinations all over the globe.
CBP Narcotics Detector Dog, (NDD), “Bico”, alerted agents to a socket set enroute from California New Zealand. Officers examined the shipment and discovered that the container around the tools was hollowed out, and had been filled with methamphetamine.
Officers seized a shipment of tea sets bound for Australia that was contained in two felt-lined suitcases. CBP stated that under the felt were blue corrugated inserts, taped shut and leaking white powder.
CBP NDD “Betty”, on Oct. 26, alerted officers about a shipment of racing jackets, which had been shipped from Canada and was headed to Australia. Officers found small plastic packets of cocaine in the jackets’ lining. Soon after, officers found another shipment bound for Australia containing a concealing drug-laced cosmetic machine.
CBP NDD Otos alerted officers to another shipment bound for Australia that contained a marble chessboard on the next shift. CBP stated that a cavity containing cocaine was hidden within the base.
Officers inspected a shipment bound for Italy on October 28. The shipment contained puzzle boxes and books for children, as well as “white crystals”. CBP later confirmed that the shipment contained methamphetamine.
Later in the day, officers found cocaine hidden within the walls of a speaker amp in a shipment bound for Hong Kong from Barbados.
“Bico” tip-off officers to a lead anapron containing black-wrapped cocaine packages in vacuum-sealed bags.
Four days later officers discovered methamphetamine in water filters during transit from New Jersey, New Zealand. CBP reported that they found ten packages of cocaine in a hospital bed, which was being moved from Alberta, Canada, to Australia the next day.
CBP stated that the total amount of seized drugs included 74 lbs of cocaine, and 24 lbs of methamphetamine. This drug had a street value in the United States of up to $1.2million.