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CBP K-9 Rambo discovers opium saturated garments near O'Hare
May '09
A U.S. Customs and Border Protection K-9 officer working with his partner Rambo seized 11.32 kilograms of opium saturated material at the Chicago foreign mail facility on Monday, May 18, 2009. CBP K-9 Rambo detected the shipment of opium while screening arriving international mail at the Chicago foreign mail facility near O'Hare International Airport.

The parcel manifested as “Clothes” was shipped from Laos and destined to an address in St. Paul, MN. The CBP K-9 officer opened the parcel and discovered 40 various colored blouses and nine black table cloths wrapped in clear plastic. Within the shipment, 20 of the blouses and all the tablecloths were unusually stiff and emitted a strong odor. Material from the items field tested positive for the presence of opiates. The parcel contained a total of 11.32 kilograms of opium saturated material.

These CBP seizures have become a common occurrence at the Chicago foreign mail branch. This seizure is the 55th opium seizure for a combined total of over 149 kilograms or 328 pounds of opium or opium saturated materials dating back to September 2008. The methods of concealment are numerous, but to name a few, they range from opium concealed in cartons of cigarettes, clothes saturated in opium and sticks of opium wrapped in plastic concealed in bottles of lotion.

“The seizures of opium occurring at the international mail facility are indicative of the CBP capability to discover illicit drugs, no matter what the concealment method might be,” said David Murphy, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Director of Field Operations in Chicago. “CBP officers will continue to work and expend a full effort to discover and prevent shipments, such as these, from entering this country.”

CBP officers and agriculture specialists are stationed at the foreign mail facilities located throughout the country. CBP is constantly screening arriving international mail and on the lookout for any type of contraband or prohibited items being shipped to the United States.

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 the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

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