LOUISVILLE Kentucky - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in Louisville found 700,000 lethal doses of the dangerous narcotic fentanyl hidden inside four corsets arriving from Mexico and headed to Brooklyn, New York.
On August 29, agents took a closer look at a shipment that listed corsets on the manifest. When officers inspected the corsets, they noticed that two were thicker and stiffer than the others. They discovered four duct taped vacuum packed bundles hidden inside the stitching. The bundles contained bluish tablets that later tested positive for fentanyl.
The shipment of fentanyl, with a street value of at least $42,000, was headed for a residence in Brooklyn, New York.
“CBP is very concerned about the increase we are seeing in shipments of fentanyl,” said Thomas Mahn, Port Director-Louisville. “CBP’s Office of Field Operations has already surpassed last year’s total of fentanyl that was seized by 300 pounds and we still have two months to go. This is a very dangerous drug that needs to be kept off the streets.”
Fentanyl is an extremely toxic substance to handle in addition to being a dangerous narcotic to use. Officers are extremely careful when confronted with this substance, which again demonstrates the risk CBP officers face performing their daily duties.
Fentanyl and its analogues are synthetic opioids that bind to and activate the opioid receptors in the brain creating analgesic and euphoric effects. Compared to other opioid medications, most types of fentanyl are extremely powerful.