MEMPHIS, Tennessee – Potential fentanyl smugglers got a little tricky at an express consignment center in Memphis, Tennessee, recently, but the trick ultimately failed.
According to a Press release, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers took a closer look on August 24 at packaging labeled as “the art and technique of wood craftsmanship.”
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The shipment, which originated in Michoacan, Mexico, included unvarnished wooden boxes with hinged lids containing wooden crafts, such as a miniature rolling pin. The boxes were intended for a residence in southeast Houston.
Customs officials said an x-ray identified abnormalities in two of the boxes and investigators found an off-white powdery substance along the interior linings of the display boxes. The substance, later confirmed by laboratory tests to be fentanyl, had been placed “in the spaces created by a double wall inside the boxes”, CBP said.
The small seizure yielded only 2.85 kilograms of the narcotic, similar to morphine but about 100 times more potent, but the United States Drug Enforcement Administration maintains that “one kilogram of fentanyl has the potential to kill 500,000. people “. the agency said.
“It might seem like a small seizure in a small, handcrafted gift box, but if we look at these numbers from the DEA, it had the potential to overdose or kill 1.425 million people. That’s a lot of poison to ship to a residence in southeast Houston, ”said Benjamin Canfield, interim port manager for the area. said in a prepared statement, noting his pride in his officers who work tirelessly to “keep these substances from getting into the wrong hands.”
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