Cincinnati customs agents make largest synthetic drug bust in port history

Confiscated Substances Include Counterfeit COVID19 Test Kits

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CINCINNATI — Cincinnati customs agents announced Friday a massive bust of multiple goods, including millions in synthetic drugs and counterfeit products that include fake coronavirus test kits. 

Collectively, it’s the largest synthetic drug seizure in the history of the Port of Cincinnati.

On May 11, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in Cincinnati seized an air shipment at a local cargo examination station, which has recently yielded 530 pounds of synthetic drugs and controlled substances.

The shipment arrived May 11. Officials said the shipment was chosen for a routine inspection, and yielded 530 pounds of synthetic drugs and controlled substances. 

This shipment came from China and was headed to a single importer in Aurora, Colorado, agents said.

When officers examined the shipment, they found more than 160 smaller packages addressed to individuals and businesses across the nation. These smaller shipments contained various items including regulated medications, agriculture and food products, intellectual property rights violations — such as counterfeit handbags and shoes — and 530 pounds of synthetic drugs and controlled substances.

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