Heroin stashed in candles seized at CVG Airport

Photo via U.S. Customs and Border Protection

CINCINNATI, Ohio (WLWT) — More than 10 pounds of heroin concealed in candles was seized at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, officials announced Tuesday.

The discovery was made by Freddy, one of the airport’s narcotics detector dogs, in late June.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers X-rayed a shipment from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, manifested as “praying items,” finding anomalies.

Officials said a physical inspection revealed two red candles with two bags of a brownish powder inserted in the candles.

Tests of the substance confirmed the presence of heroin, officials said.

The shipment was destined for Ontario, Canada.

Officials note that in May, Cincinnati officers also seized a shipment of furanylfentanyl coming from China. Furanylfentanyl is a variant of fentanyl designed as an attempt to avoid detection by law enforcement.

The fentanyl shipment was addressed to a residence in New Jersey, another region threatened by increasing heroin-related overdose deaths.

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