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Customs Seizes 110 Pounds of Fentanyl in Pennsylvania

Only days after state and federal law enforcement agencies rounded up five major fentanyl suppliers in eastern Pennsylvania, Customs & Border Protection (CBP) seized more than 110 pounds of fentanyl at a port in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The seized fentanyl, according to CBP agents, was worth almost $2 million. Pennsylvania is not a stranger to fentanyl. Nor is the state unfamiliar ... Read More »

French Customs Accuses Young Mother of Running the “Black Hand” Forum

In a recent statement to the press from a French law enforcement officer, a piece of information about the administrator of the recently seized “Black Hand” forum took the media by surprise. Unlike the deceased administrator of Alphabay, the owners of Hansa, or the ranking Silk Road owners and administrators, the administrator of the Black Hand forum was, behind her ... Read More »

Berlin Customs Allegedly Identified Nearly 1,500 Darknet Drug Buyers

According to information obtained by Berliner Morgenpost, the Berlin-Brandenburg Customs Office may have identified as many as 1,500 darknet drug customers in a single operation. The investigation itself, the newspaper reported, has already been completed. By the time the paper had learned of the investigation, the prosecution had already started preparing charges. Internet specialists and digital forensic experts of the ... Read More »

Dealers Busted After Customs Intercepted Amphetamine Package

According to police spokesman Patrick Maierhofer, authorities in Vienna have arrested two men for purchasing more than 500 grams of amphetamine from a vendor on the Dream marketplace. German law enforcement seized the package and sent word to their Austrian counterparts. The men, in Austria, had already been under police investigation for drug trafficking. Police spokesperson Patrick Maierhofer said that ... Read More »

New Zealand Customs Catch Polynesian Drug Dealers

Three men stood in courtroom in Polynesia for trafficking methamphetamine. Although Polynesian authorities had only caught the defendants the week before the court appearance, the court had already prepared to sentence all three of them. The court sentenced the trio to sentences that fit their roles in the short-lived drug trafficking operation. One received a four year sentence. One received ... Read More »

Darknet Buyer Sentenced After Customs Spotted His Mail

In Lower Austria, a judge at the regional court St. Pölten sentenced a 29-year-old from Wölbling to serve one year in prison for ordering packages of amphetamine paste from the darknet. The sentence, as with several minor darknet drug sentences in countries outside the United States, was suspended for one year of government supervision. The convicted darknet buyer explained that ... Read More »

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Valhalla Market Compromised: Finnish Customs Allegedly Identified Hundreds of Valhalla Users

According to a press release issued by Finnish Customs on August 17, a Customs investigation had “exposed” a large-scale drug trafficking network. The network—or in this case, drug trafficking organization—operated from within Finland. From there, they distributed their products to buyers both in Finland and across the globe. Central to the operation was the darknet marketplace known as “Valhalla” or ... Read More »

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Customs Intercepts California Man’s Packages of Live King Cobras

On July 25, the Central District of California issued a press release that detailed the arrest of Rodrigo Franco, a 34-year-old California man. According to the criminal complaint, Franco imported king cobras and albino Chinese soft-shelled turtles. After the California man ordered the snakes from an online wildlife dealer, Customs and Border Protection intercepted the mail under the suspicion that ... Read More »

Swiss Customs Chief: Germany Needs A Financial Police

Recently, Frank Bruckenhofer, Chairman of the Customs Department of the Trade Union of the Swiss Confederation, pointed out in Berlin that Germany needs a Financial Police. Bruckenhofer said that the customs are in a “disastrous condition” in the fight against crime. According to the customs official, the only reason why the disaster was prevented is the high motivation of the ... Read More »

Calvados: students deal with more than 10,000 ecstasy seals

French Arrested After Customs Intercepted A Package Containing Ecstasy

A few days ago, law enforcement authorities arrested a young man from Nantes, France for ordering ecstasy pills from the Netherlands. According to the French news outlet 20minutes.fr, a young man in his twenties was detained on May 26 after customs intercepted a package containing ecstasy pills arriving from the Netherlands. The prosecution considers charging the suspect with the importation ... Read More »

Customs Searching Doubled Numbers of Electronics

According to a new report from Customs and Border Protection (and Immigration and Customs Enforcement), the border searches of phones and laptops nearly doubled since the previous year. The Customs and Border Protection report, revealed an increase of about 80 percent in the first six months of the DHS fiscal year. Device searches rose from 8,383 in October to 14,993 ... Read More »

US Customs Officer Charged with Cocaine Importation

In a hearing on Wednesday, April 13, United States Magistrate Judge Cheryl L. Pollak formally arraigned a former United States Customs and Border Protection employee for cocaine importation. The indictment and criminal complaint accused the CBP employee—Fernando Marte—of “conspiring to import, and with importing, more than five kilograms of Cocaine from the Dominican Republic.” The complaint achieved that the criminal ... Read More »

Canada Introduces Bill Allowing Customs to Open All Packages

In 2016, law enforcement in Canada—the Canada Border Services Agency and RCMP—seized a kilogram package of carfentanil. The word spread quickly, especially after RCMP hosted a press release about carfentanil and other opioids entering Canada through the mail system. Like many US government officials, police blamed exploits in the mailing infrastructure. As a result, the Canadian government introduced a bill ... Read More »