Cincinnati customs officers seize cocaine hidden in cigar shipments

Cincinnati customs officers seize cocaine hidden in cigar shipments
Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers in Cincinnati have distinguished two cocaine cigar smuggling attempts at an area express consignment facility.

The cocaine invoiced as "cigars" was seized in two separate international mail shipments in late October, according to authorities. The first shipment of more than 18 pounds was intercepted by authorities on Oct. 18 in a package destined for the Bronx, New York, from the Dominican Republic. The second smuggling attempt occurred Oct. 20, when officers inspected a package originating from the Dominican Republic destined to Irvington, New Jersey, which contained more than 5 pounds of cocaine hidden in cigars.

At this time, no arrests have been made regarding this seizure. An investigation is underway.

CBP officers, stationed at express consignment facilities throughout the United States, examine and process all parcels arriving from or transiting through foreign points of origin. Drugs such as heroin, fentanyl, cocaine, khat, methamphetamine as well as counterfeit checks and fake merchandise are routinely discovered and seized by CBP officers at facilities.

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