Washington, Nov 17 The Office of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) today reported that officers seized 10 shipments of narcotics with a street market value of $1.21 million in transit from the United States to Australia and New Zealand.
“The agency is responsible for ensuring that all goods entering and leaving the United States comply with all applicable US laws and regulations,” Richard Gillespie, port manager in Cincinnati, Ohio, said in a statement.
“Exports are very important to the US economy and our agents continue to monitor to ensure that legitimate trade continues while preventing dangerous narcotics from entering or leaving the country.”
The agency said the cache, seized in recent weeks in Cincinnati, included 33.5 kilograms of cocaine and 11 kilograms of methamphetamine.
On October 17, a narcotics-sniffing dog named “Biko” alerted a box of tools en route from California to New Zealand, where inspectors found methamphetamine.
On October 25, CBP agents seized a shipment of tea sets in Covina, California, and destined for Australia, that contained powdered methamphetamine.
The next day another dog named “Betty” detected the presence of cocaine in a jacket that had arrived from Canada and was destined for Australia, and shortly after agents found a cosmetics machine with the same itinerary. More cocaine was found inside.
On October 26, “Otos” was the dog that sniffed out the presence of cocaine in a shipment from California to Australia, which included a marble chessboard that contained the drug in a hole inside the base.
The following week it was “Biko” who discovered an apron full of vacuum cleaner bags containing cocaine in a shipment destined for Australia from California.
Four days later, customs officers found methamphetamine concealed in a water filter in transit from New Jersey to New Zealand, and the next day they recovered 10 packets of cocaine concealed in a hospital bed from Alberta, Canada, which were imported to Australia.