Opium found hidden in drums near SFO

February 23, 2009 10:03:56 AM PST
U.S. authorities seized several pounds of opium at the San Francisco Air Mail Center.

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In mid-February, Customs and Border Patrol officers examining international cargo found anomalies in some packages arriving from Thailand.

Opium wrapped in plastic and concealed inside false walls of drums was found in several shipments bound for Northern California. More than twenty pounds of opium were discovered.

San Francisco Area Port Director John Leonard said, "Diligent work by CBP officers locally and across the nation helps to keep this narcotic from getting to the general public. In addition to our primary role of preventing terrorists and terrorism-related articles from entering the U.S., CBP takes active measures to interdict narcotics at the gateways to our country."

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