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Last week, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in Louisville, Ky., seized four pounds of marijuana that was hidden inside a box of Lucky Charms cereal, authorities said Monday. .
A CBP drug dog named “Kary” alerted authorities last Thursday to a shipment of grain heading from Louisville to a private residence in Britain. When officers opened the box for a closer look, they saw the cereal contained more than hearts, clovers, stars and red balloon-shaped marshmallow pieces.
They contained vacuum-sealed bags of marijuana, CBP officials said in a news release.
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“Drug traffickers will do everything possible to ship their narcotics inside and outside the United States,” the statement said. “Officers found drugs hidden in car parts, religious paintings, tombstones, clothing…the list is endless.”
CBP performs inspection operations on inbound and outbound international cargo. Although marijuana is legal in many US states, the sale, possession, production, and distribution of the drug remains illegal under federal law.
Sending a shipment of marijuana overseas is also illegal, authorities said.
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“Our officers are very familiar with the many ways smugglers attempt to evade inspection,” said Thomas Mahn, port manager of Louisville.
“Officers learn to think creatively about where things might be hidden because drugs can be anywhere – inside books, auto parts, spools of tape, crepe makers, study binders, food, statues, picture frames – if there is space inside an item, it could contain something illegal,” Mahn added.
LaFonda D. Sutton-Burke, director of field operations in Chicago, said last week’s seizure illustrated CBP’s ability to detect and “intercept illicit narcotics at postal facilities.”
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“The vigilance and expertise of the officers involved, as well as the diligence of our canine partners, is commendable.” Sutton-Burke said, according to the statement.