CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the DHL facility at CVG have seized over 152 pounds of opium.
Officers discovered seven separate shipments of opium that had been soaked and dried onto wooded twigs and packed in dried leave while screening arriving international parcels.
The parcels, shipped from Laos and destined to the Minneapolis, MN area, were manifested with the description "Hmong Traditional Medicine Tea." The CBP officer opened the seven parcels on Friday to find plastic bags containing wood twigs and dried leaves.
The twigs appeared to be saturated with an unknown substance that emitted a distinctive odor. The substance field tested positive for the presence of opiates.
At this time the investigations are ongoing.
"Every day thousands of international packages are processed at these express consignment facilities," said David J. Murphy, CBP director of field operations in Chicago. "These CBP seizures are a great example of our officers attention to detail in processing the thousands of packages a day we see and still maintaining our overall border-related responsibilities, including narcotics interdiction, protecting the nation's food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases and also the interdiction of counterfeit items, documents and monetary instruments."