U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers working Thursday at the Peace Bridge seized over 400 pills that contain the properties of “bath salts.”
According to a press release from the federal agency, officers at the Peace Bridge selected for further inspection a shipment that originated from Mississauga, Ont., Canada, that was bound for Middletown in New York's Hudson Valley region. The listed contents on the package invoice said it contained plushie face masks and vitamins. Officials said a closer examination of the package revealed more than 400 pills which tested positive for the ingredients found in bath salts. The pills, they said, weighed just over 93 grams and were seized for violations of U.S. law.
Alpha PVP and N-ethylpentylone, commonly known as bath salts, can induce hallucinations, paranoia, seizures, violent behavior and even death. These drugs are synthetic derivatives of cathinone, a naturally occurring psychoactive compound found in the fresh leaves of the khat plant. Bath salts are classified as Schedule I drugs under the Controlled Substances Act.
“We continue to encounter unique, prohibited products that individuals attempt to smuggle into the U.S.,” said Acting Port Director Cary Frieling. “The lethal nature of these designer drugs reinforces the important job our officers perform in defending our borders and preventing the importation of these drugs.”
In 2016, the Buffalo Field Office of U.S. Customs and Border Protection made over 600 narcotic seizures, a a 35 percent increase from 2015.