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U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in Louisville, Kentucky, seized four kilos of marijuana past 7 days that was concealed inside a box of Fortunate Charms cereal, authorities reported Monday.
A CBP drug canine named “Kary” alerted officials previous Thursday to a shipment of cereal heading from Louisville to a personal residence in Good Britain. When officers opened the box to acquire a closer look, they observed that the cereal contained additional than hearts, clovers, stars, and pink ballon marshmallow parts.
They contained vacuum-sealed baggage of marijuana, CBP officials reported in a news release.
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“Drug Smugglers will go to any lengths to ship their narcotics in and out of the U.S.,” the launch stated. “Officers have found medication hidden in auto pieces, spiritual paintings, tombstones, clothing…the list is unlimited.”
CBP conducts inspection operations on both equally arriving and departing worldwide cargo. While marijuana is legal in many U.S. states, the sale, possession, output, and distribution of the drug continue being illegal beneath federal regulation.
Mailing a cargo of marijuana overseas is also illegal, authorities stated.
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“Our officers are incredibly common with the several strategies smugglers attempt to evade inspection,” stated Thomas Mahn, Port Director-Louisville.
“Officers discover to consider creatively about in which items could be hidden since drugs can be any where – inside textbooks, auto components, spools of ribbon, crepe makers, study binders, food, statues, photo frames – if there is space inside an item it could comprise something illegal,” Mahn included.
LaFonda D. Sutton-Burke, the director of area functions in Chicago claimed the seizure final week illustrated CBP’s potential to detect and “intercept illicit narcotics at mailing services.”
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“The vigilance and skills of the officers associated, together with the diligence of our canine companions, is commendable.” Sutton-Burke claimed, according to the release.