U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in Chicago targeted a suspect shipment, leading federal and state authorities in Pittsburgh to seize three parcels of synthetic cannabinoid compounds from China, according to a news release on Friday.

 

The products in the shipment were detained and tested by multiple agencies. One shipment consisted of red, crystal-like chunks identified as N-ethylpentylone, commonly known as bath salts, weighing about 2 pounds, 12 ounces.

The remaining two shipments consisted of a white powdery substance, identified as ADB-FUBINACA, sold generally as Spice or K2. Combined, the two shipments weighed 3 pounds, 4 ounces.

From the release: Designer synthetic cannabis drugs are smoked for their psychoactive effects. The Drug Enforcement Administration classifies synthetic cannabinoid compounds as a Schedule 1 drug under the Controlled Substances Act.

“Customs and Border Protection will continue to work closely with our law enforcement partners to seize shipments of designer synthetic cannabinoid compounds and other dangerous drugs that pose potential harm to American citizens and our communities,” said Susan Anderson, CBP Port Director for the Port of Pittsburgh. “Narcotics interdiction remains a CBP enforcement priority, and a mission that we take very serious.”

Package of N-ethylpentylone,
commonly known as bath salts. Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Package of ADB-FUBINACA, sold
generally as Spice or K2, Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection

 

You may read the full news release below:

Federal, State Authorities Seize Dangerous Synthetic Cannabinoid Compounds in Pittsburgh
 
Release Date: March 16, 2018

PITTSBURGH – Federal and state authorities in Pittsburgh seized three shipments of synthetic cannabinoid compounds from China February 27 after U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in Chicago targeted the parcel as a suspect shipment.

Chicago CBP officers previously seized a shipment of synthetic compounds from the Chinese shipper. 

Pittsburgh CBP officers, special agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), U.S. Postal Inspectors, and Pennsylvania State Police investigators detained and tested the products.

One shipment consisted of red, crystal-like chunks that was identified as N-ethylpentylone, commonly known as bath salts. It weighed about 2 pounds, 12 ounces and was destined to a Pittsburgh address.

The other two shipments consisted of a white powdery substance that was identified as ADB-FUBINACA, sold generally as Spice or K2. These two shipments weighed a combined 3 pounds, 4 ounces, and were destined to a Swissvale, Pa., address.

An investigation continues.

Designer synthetic cannabis drugs are smoked for their psychoactive effects. The Drug Enforcement Administration classifies synthetic cannabinoid compounds as a Schedule 1 drug under the Controlled Substances Act.

“Customs and Border Protection will continue to work closely with our law enforcement partners to seize shipments of designer synthetic cannabinoid compounds and other dangerous drugs that pose potential harm to American citizens and our communities,” said Susan Anderson, CBP Port Director for the Port of Pittsburgh. “Narcotics interdiction remains a CBP enforcement priority, and a mission that we take very serious.”

The parcels arrived from China through an international mail facility in New York and tracked to Pittsburgh.

During “A Typical Day” in 2017, CBP officers seized 5,863 pounds of narcotics.

“This interception is another example that demonstrates the unwavering commitment of Customs and Border Protection officers in safeguarding America every day against the potentially deadly consequences posed by synthetic cannabis products and other dangerous drugs,” said Casey Owen Durst, CBP’s Field Operations Director in Baltimore.