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40 pounds of synthetic marijuana seized at CVG

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Cincinnati DHL express consignment operation have seized over 40 pounds of synthetic marijuana.

The 40 pounds were comprised of three shipments coming from China destined to a location in Texas. The type of marijuana seized, JWH-018, is one of the compounds used in manufacturing the controversial synthetic marijuana known as K2, Afghan Incense, Spice, Demon and Genie. 

The CBP examination revealed an unidentifiable white powder in Ziploc bags, concealed within outer bags made of foil which was consistent with past interdictions of synthetic designer drugs. CBP Laboratory and Scientific Services in Chicago confirmed the material was JWH-018 and estimated that one gram of synthetic marijuana contains 1/10 tenth of a percent of JWH-018, which means over 400 pounds of synthetic marijuana could be produced using the seized shipments.     

"Using synthetic marijuana is extremely dangerous. You have no idea what you're ingesting," said Brian Humphrey, acting CBP Director of Field Operations in Chicago. "These CBP seizures are a great example of our officers and Laboratory and Scientific Services working together to identify and seize substances that could harm our community."

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