Federal officials seized over a pound of methamphetamine that was hidden inside the shells of peanuts in a shipment of various food materials, U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced Friday.
CBP officers at an express consignment hub in Memphis, Tennessee, examined the shipment, labeled as "regional bread roasted peanuts regional dust sweet made of corn" June 29, and became suspicious, according to a press release from the agency.
Officers observed "anomalies" within the shipment and cracked open the peanuts to find a white, crystalline substance inside, which was positively tested as methamphetamine.
“My experienced officers long ago lost all surprise at the smuggling methods they encounter every shift,” said Area Port Director Michael Neipert in a statement. “Narcotics in fruit, nuts, baked goods, shoes, toys, and all kinds of other items disguised as gifts or other legitimate shipments fly through the express consignment world. These days, you can get a gram of methamphetamine at half the price of what cocaine costs and at twice the potency."
The total amount seized from the shipment, which was headed from Mexico to Texas, was 489 grams.
“If an average dose of meth is 0.2 grams and last 6-8 hours in the body, my officers prevented 2,445 doses and about 15,000 hours of dangerous drug highs that lead to reckless behavior, overdose, and a danger to those around the user," Neipert said.
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