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U.S. Customs officers seize meth hidden in yarn spools, counterfeit phone fronts at two Kentucky ports

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in Louisville on Wednesday discovered a 46-pound shipment of methamphetamine hidden within yarn spools, which was worth more than $400,000. 
CBP officers seized a shipment from Mexico that listed the contents as handcrafted gifts.  They held the package for a closer examination and inspected the shipment after a narcotics drug...

U.S. Customs in Louisville seized counterfeit Louis Vuitton belts shipped from Hong Kong

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Nearly a half million dollars’ worth of counterfeit Louis Vuitton belts have been seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in Louisville. A parcel containing 216 fake belts, arrived in Louisville from Hong Kong and was destined for Atlanta, Georgia, when the shipment was spotted by CBP officers. If the items were real, the appraised total MSRP of the shipment...

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seize meth embedded at candles, dishes in Erlanger facility

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers based in Northern Kentucky intercepted two shipments containing a total of 11 pounds of smuggled methamphetamine at a local express consignment facility. Meth packaged inside these candles was seized by U.S. Customs in Erlanger. (Customs photo) 
One shipment, labeled as “candles and crafts,” was being imported from San...

Methamphetamine shipments seized in Erlanger by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at an Express Consignment Operations hub in Northern Kentucky seized 50 pounds of methamphetamine that was hidden in soap. There were two shipments that arrived at the Erlanger facility on Wednesday and Thursday nights. Those two shipments came from the same shipper in Mexico. Meth was hidden in soap packages like these. (U.S....

Not-so-real deal: Counterfeit goods worth $95m seized in Louisville in last 88 days — Buyer Beware!

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today As the holiday shopping season approaches, U.S. Customs and Border Protection says, “buyer beware,” and is warning consumers to be aware of counterfeit goods. As an idea of the scope of the problem, during an 88-day period, from Sept. 1 to Nov. 27, CBP officers in Louisville seized 164 shipments containing counterfeit goods worth more than $95 million, a 75% increase...

Counterfeit items, including NFL Super Bowl jerseys, seized in Louisville, Cincy operations

A recent U.S. Customs and Border Protection operation at the express consignment hubs of UPS in Louisville and DHL in Cincinnati has netted more than $3.4 million in counterfeit items including counterfeit 2013 NFL Super Bowl team jerseys, according to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.   A recent U.S. Customs and Border Protection enforcement operation at Louisville and Cincinnati express...