US CBP Houston seizes 52 kilograms of marijuana hidden inside music drums

U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Houston Field Office today announced the seizure of over 52 kilograms of marijuana hidden inside large standing musical drums.

CBP Officers at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) targeted an outbound cargo shipment manifested as “Skids of Drums” in transit to London. Further investigation from the CBP officers, CBP narcotics detector canine team, and a non-intrusive inspection (NII) using a mobile x-ray scanner indicated anomalies in the 9-drum shipment to the tune of 52.2 kilograms of marijuana – or just over 115 pounds.

101 total bundles of marijuana were discovered inside the drums and were marked with names such as “MOOCHIE RUNTZ,” “PBG,” “ZEKEAL,” “GELATO,” and “BLUE SKITTLES.”

“CBP’s diligence in rooting out illegal activity not only takes a huge amount of dangerous marijuana off the street but starves a drug trafficking organization of significant revenue that would have generated from its sale,” said Steven Scofield, Acting Port Director for the Houston CBP Office of Field Operations. “We will continue to relentless pursue criminal networks who hide behind fake corporations and other illicit methods with our law enforcement partners so we make our neighborhoods and communities safer.”