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CBP Memphis Seizes Over 2,000 lbs of Drugs so Far This Fiscal Year

#Tennessee #US Customs and Border Protection Officers (CBPOs) in #Memphis have seized 2,509 lbs of drugs since the beginning of this fiscal year. The countries of origin for most of the drugs were #China, #Mexico and #Brazil. #Fentanyl, #heroin, #cocaine, #ketamine, #DMT, #marijuana, prescription #opioids and steroids are among the contraband intercepted at the port in the express #consignment #environment. In the first month of 2022, they seized nearly 1,000 lbs of drugs, and the most frequently seized were: #Methamphetamine, other drugs such as DMT, #tramadol, ketamine, etc., with marijuana coming in third.



CBP seized an average of 4,732 pounds of dangerous drugs every day across the #UnitedStates last year. Smugglers are always attempting new methods to conceal their contraband. Officers have found drugs in #shoes, #ceramics, within the sides of cardboard boxes, in #furniture, in sealed bags of #tea, #chips, #soups, and #baked into #bread, among myriad other ways. “Every shift, my officers and #agriculture specialists are preventing shipments of dangerous narcotics, invasive #pests and other contraband from reaching their recipients in your neighborhood,” said Michael Neipert, Memphis Area Port Director. “Sending narcotics via express consignment makes the carriers unwitting transporters. When fentanyl is shipped from Mexico to #Massachusetts, you are putting everyone who handles it at risk: the pilots, drivers, sorters, all the way until it reaches the doorstep of the consignee, unless, of course, we find it first.” Officers screen international travelers and cargo, and search for illicit narcotics, unreported currency, weapons, #counterfeit consumer goods, prohibited agriculture, and other illicit products that could potentially harm the #American #public, #US #businesses, and our nation’s safety and economic vitality.



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