U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers working at George Bush Intercontinental Airport found more than 14 pounds of crystal methamphetamine valued at more than $168,700.
CBP officers discovered the illegal narcotics after a CBP K-9 alerted to a cargo shipment arriving from Mexico.
The shipment was manifested as candies and bread, however, officers also found a white crystal substance concealed within the candy. CBP officers tested the substance and the results indicated the substance was crystal methamphetamine. CBP seized the illegal narcotics.
“We take every opportunity to disrupt transnational criminal activity,” said Houston Port Director Charles Perez. “This seizure illustrates our commitment to enforce hundreds of U.S. law including interrupting illegal narcotics trafficking.”
CBP officers also discovered dead hummingbirds intermingled with the candies in the shipment. According to U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) regulations, the hummingbirds were seized for violations of the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the Lacey Act, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA), and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). In addition, five rattlesnake rattlers were also found smuggled inside pieces of candy in violation of the ESA and Lacey Act.
In 2014, CBP seized more than 10,000 pounds of drugs on a typical day. For more information, visit CBP Stats and Summaries.