15,000 Xanax Pills, Valued at $230,000, Seized at CVG
More than 15,000 Xanax pills were intercepted at an express consignment facility near CVG Airport.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced the interception of 15,750 pills on Friday, though it happened on June 30.
The parcel arrived from the United Kingdom and was inspected due to x-ray anomalies, CPB said in a news release. They allege that the shipper is a known entity for shipping pharmaceuticals.
When officers opened the package they found 63 plastic bottles marked as “Xanax XR 2mg” in a foil lined box. The street value of this shipment would have been over $230,000.
The parcel was destined for a residence in Texas, and was manifested as household goods. Xanax, a popular anxiety drug, is a schedule IV controlled substance and cannot be shipped to the United States without a valid prescription from a physician.
“The experience and skills of our CBP officers to be able to target and seize this parcel is possibly life-saving,” said Richard Gillespie, Port Director, Cincinnati. “These pills were destined for a residence and that person may be selling them. The buyer would not know how the pill was processed, which could be life threatening. It’s a dangerous game to play with life-threatening consequences.”