CBP said shipments from Jamaica were discovered at processing centers in Cincinnati, New York and Philadelphia. Each shipment contained four souvenir insulated thermo mugs packed with tea bags, packed spices or vaporized ointment as well as 250 to 260 grams of cocaine. CBP said the cocaine was hidden inside the insulating layer of each cup.
The scheme was first discovered on March 10, when CBP officers in Philadelphia noticed that the mugs they were checking were “unusually heavy.” When they dug into the wall of the cup, they discovered a white powder that was proven to contain cocaine.
Customs officers then identified three similar shipments from Jamaica that were en route and were being processed at centers in Cincinnati, New York and Philadelphia, and reported it to the officers there. All were found to contain cocaine.
“These cocaine seizures perfectly illustrate how CBP officers across the country routinely cooperate to intercept dangerous drug shipments and force traffickers to work hard to change concealment and supply routes,” said Joseph Martella, Port Director of the Customs District of Philadelphia, Joseph Martella. Agency news release on April 26.