$9 Million in Opium Found Inside Porcelain Cats

Posted on Feb 18, 2011 in Drugs

On Thursday U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced that they had seized over 9 million dollars worth of opium at John F. Kennedy International Airport. The drug had been packed into more than thirty porcelain cats and nearly made it through security undetected.

Photo Courtesy of cnn.com

The shipment had been labeled as “plastic samples” and passed through X-ray machines without alerting any suspicion. It was not until security officials chose to open the package and crack open a figurine that the opium was discovered. Whether it was the cargo’s point of origin in Thailand or some other irregularity that convinced authorities to investigate the shipment remains to be seen.

Inside the figurine was a black, tar-like substance discovered to be raw opium, most likely used to make heroin. Over 205 pounds of the substance, valued at 9 million dollars, were seized en route to a New York address.

Opium is rarely found in that quantity compared to the abundance of cocaine and heroin passing into the country. If you or anyone you know has been charged with the possession cocaine, opium, or heroin, contact Bloom Legal at 599-9997, so we can fight for your freedom.

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