The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency says it has intercepted a 40 calibre handgun and a quantity of marijuana bound for Trinidad and Tobago concealed in a stereo radio receiver.
It said the discovery was made during a routine examination of outbound air cargo on Thursday.
The CBP said that officers disassembled the receiver and discovered a Springfield Armory XD semi-automatic handgun, one magazine, and ten vacuum-sealed bags containing a green, leafy material that field-tested positive for marijuana, the agency said.
It said the marijuana weighed 540 grams, or a little more than one pound and three ounces, and had a street value of less than US$1,000.
CBP did not disclose the name of the sender or intended recipient.
“This seizure illustrates how US Customs and Border Protection officers effectively employ available technologies to intercept illicit contraband and dangerous weapons while facilitating the expeditious movement of legitimate international commerce,” said Susan Stranieri, CBP port director for the Area Port of Philadelphia.
CBP said Non-Intrusive Inspection (NII) technologies, which enable it to quickly examine the contents of shipping containers and other conveyances, are “a key component in CBP’s layered enforcement strategy to protect America, our citizens and our nation’s economy”. —CMC