CHICAGO - U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents in Chicago seized thousands of pounds of narcotics and over $23 million in counterfeit merchandise during the past fiscal year.
From Oct. 1, 2021 to Sept. 30, 2022, CBP officers in Chicago reported seizing 8,174 pounds of narcotics. Those seizures included:
- 1,330 pounds of prescription drugs such as Tylenol with codeine, testosterone or Xanax
- 970 pounds of marijuana
- 103 pounds of DMT
Chicago CBP also intercepted 281 shipments of counterfeit merchandise such as handbags, watches and jewelry. If the merchandise had been legitimate, it would have been valued at a total of $23 million, the agency said.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
"The knowledge and unwavering dedication displayed by our uniformed officers, agriculture specialist, import and entry specialist, and those employees that support frontline operations is key to our success," LaFonda Sutton-Burke, Director Field Operations-Chicago, said in a statement. "Regardless of the environments our men and women are assigned – airports, international mail facilities, express consignment cargo hubs, and along the Great Lakes. We are all linked through our commitment to serve our country."
CBP Chicago also seized more than $1.45 million in U.S. currency. In addition, 189 criminals with outstanding warrants were arrested at O'Hare Airport in the past fiscal year.