U.S. Customs and Border Protection (US CBP) officers working at the Port of Shreveport, Louisiana seized a shipment containing 830 Tramadol pills, Jan. 30.
The package was manifested as B12 Vitamins but after US CBP officers conducted an intensive exam at a local express consignment facility, they discovered Tramadol packaged in capsules and tablets.
According to the Food and Drug Administration, Tramadol is an opioid that is approved to treat severe pain in adults. The shipment which originated in Guatemala was destined for Longview, Texas.
“CBP is on the frontline for disrupting the transnational flow of narcotics,” said CBP Port Director Jim Norris. “Our officers remain vigilant, and laser focused on targeting illegal shipments of drugs.”
The prescription drugs were seized in part for violations of the Controlled Substances Act.
The Port of Shreveport is one of five CBP ports of entry in Louisiana and part of CBP’s New Orleans Field Office. The New Orleans Field Office also covers ports of entry throughout the states of Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas and Tennessee.
CBP conducts operations at ports of entry and export throughout the United States, and regularly screens inbound and outbound international passengers and cargo for narcotics, weapons, and other restricted or prohibited products.