65 Pounds Of Liquid Meth Disguised As Printer Ink Intercepted At Airport

By Keri Blakinger 01/08/18

The liquid meth was valued at nearly $300,000.

65 Pounds Of Liquid Meth Disguised As Printer Ink
Photo via Customs Border Protection

Customs officials seized more than 65 pounds of liquid meth disguised as printer ink in one of the year’s first big busts at the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. 

The 100 unlabeled bottles packed into the two boxes confiscated on Jan. 2 were valued at $297,000, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

The intercepted drugs were shipped in from China to Tennessee and ultimately headed for Fort Worth, authorities said. Both marked on the manifest as “printing ink,” the boxes had a declared value of $90. 

But after evaluating the electronic manifest, CBP officers decided to bring in a drug dog for a closer inspection. The canine discovered something amiss and authorities sent off the bottles for testing to determine that they were full of meth.

“Intercepting illegal drugs from entering our country is a top priority for CBP,” Dallas Area Port Director Cleatus P. Hunt, Jr. said in a statement. “CBP officers targeted and seized a large amount of dangerous narcotics, preventing those drugs from ending up in the hands of our community.”

Customs officials seized the drugs, and Homeland Security agents are investigating the case. It was not immediately clear whether anyone was arrested.

The interdiction comes amid a recent increase in meth seizures by CBP agents. In fiscal year 2012, officers nabbed 14,131 pounds of speed. By fiscal year 2017, that number had skyrocketed up 212% to more than 44,000 pounds. 

And so far, 2018 has already been a busy year for Customs officials. 

On Jan. 3 and 4, CBP officers in Arizona collared three teens and one adult in two separate incidents that netted more than 52 pounds of meth and heroin

A day earlier, authorities in Laredo intercepted more than 2.5 tons of marijuana at the World Trade Bridge. 

“Amid heavy traffic as travelers begin to return from the holiday break, our frontline officers at World Trade Bridge continued to maintain their vigilance and their perseverance led to the seizure of more than 5,000 pounds of marijuana,” Acting Port Director Albert Flores said in a statement.

Just after the start of the new year, Customs officials in Miami announced the results of a December action dubbed Operation Full Court Press, which netted more than $61 million of drugs through interceptions at sea. 

Of course, not all of the latest arrests involved narcotics. In a non-drug-related but somewhat bizarre seizure, Customs officials in North Dakota confiscated nearly $1 million of metal sinks that allegedly violated intellectual property rights. 

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Keri Blakinger is a former drug user and current reporter living in Texas. She covers breaking news for the Houston Chronicle and previously worked for the New York Daily News and the Ithaca Times. She has written about drugs and criminal justice for the Washington Post, Salon, Quartz and more. She loves dogs and is not impressed by rodeo food. Find Keri on LinkedIn and Twitter.