The Police Seized a Large Amount of Fentanyl Shipped from China at Philadelphia Port
PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA — July 2, 2018
The estimated street value of the 110 pounds of cargo was $1.7 million. It was found inside barrels of Iron Oxide that had been shipped from China.
“Opioids, including fentanyl and its analogues, are a serious public health concern, and the importation of vast amounts of this deadly synthetic chemical compound is a national security threat,” the release said, quoting a CBP agent. “Customs and Border Protection remains committed to keeping our communities safe by combatting the flow of illicit drugs, including synthetic opioids, into the United States.” said Casey Durst, CBP Director of Field Operations in Baltimore.
U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officers seized a drug-detecting K9 after a routine check at the Area Port of Philadelphia.
According to federal authorities, it now appears who was rumored to be the source of this deadly opioid. The substance was contained sealed bags of a white, powdery substance. There were around 50 packages.
It is known that during 2016, the first year CBP started tracking fentanyl seizures; officers seized 440 pounds. That number grew to 951 pounds in 2017, and 984 pounds through the end of April 2018.
"CBP has expanded its efforts to detect opioids to ensure officer and detector dog safety. CBP has imprinted all narcotic detector dogs on fentanyl, and all officers have quick-access to appropriate personal protective equipment." said in CBP statement.