6 Pounds of Heroin Confiscated at Alaska Border
Officers say heroin was discovered on three separate international FedEx shipments at the Anchorage FedEx facility, valued at $1.2 million.
Officers with the U.S. Border Protection seized over six pounds of heroin valued at $1.2 million, at the Anchorage Fed Ex facility.
Officers say the heroin was discovered on three separate international FedEx shipments.
The first was found in the middle of April and was flown from Malaysia. Officials examined a package that contained two small women’s purses that had an abnormal weight. Further inspection revealed 432 grams of heroin sewn into the liners of the purses.
The second seizure took place on April 26. The officers were examining an express shipment labeled “Baby Gifts.” Further inspection revealed commercially packaged baby wipes. The officers opened it to find 1.7 kilograms of heroin taped inside.
The third bust happened on May 10, where officers found 830 grams of heroin hidden inside of picture frames. The package originated from Thailand.
Jeffrey Lisius from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection said one of the things about Alaska that appeals to smugglers is its "geographic location to the rest of the world."
Alaska is "the crossroads of North America to Asia, so there's a huge volume of freight moving through here on a daily basis," he continued.
Officers say they are still investigating the drugs' intended final destination.