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Latino Daily News

Tuesday December 7, 2010

Just in Time for the Holidays:  Opium Laced Woodchips for Your Fireplace

Cincinnati Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at a DHL Express Facility recently seized almost 80 pounds of opium-saturated woodchips inside two international shipments destined for Minnesota.

CBP alerted to x-rays of two parcels containing plastic wrapped bundles woodchips that tested positive for opium. The parcels were labeled as “dried homemade herbal” and were valued at $114 each. Both packages were shipped from Laos to an address in Minneapolis, MN.

The investigation continues regarding these seizures as no arrests have been made at this time.

“Our express consignment CBP officers are experts in finding illegal drugs including opium that has been found saturated in pieces of cloth, soaked into small twigs and now in this case, saturated in woodchips,” said David Murphy, Chicago CBP director of Field Operations.