U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office announced it has seized a shipment containing 120 pounds of the restricted substance gamma-butyrolactone (GBL) at the Cincinnati express-consignment facility.
GBL is a clear, odorless, and near-tasteless liquid that has a high potential for overdose and addiction, according to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Once ingested, officials say the chemical is associated with drug-facilitated sexual assault because victims become unconscious and incapable of remembering past events.
The 120 pounds seized in Cincinnati was headed from China to Ontario, Canada. Since April, the CBP says it has seized more than 680 pounds of illegally imported GBL at the Cincinnati consignment facility.
The packages are usually imported from China, and are destined throughout the United States, according to the CBP.
“Day after day, these men and women work diligently to screen hundreds of thousands of international shipments entering the United States, and day after day they make a significant difference by intercepting dangerous and illegal contraband and controlled substances. I’m very proud of their accomplishments,” said Eugene Matho, Assistant Area Port Director.