Chicago O’Hare is one of the busiest airports in the US. Lately, it’s international mail facility is also bustling with packages that contain powerful designer drugs, the nydailynews.com reports.
The drugs are arriving from China and Europe; many of them are synthetic marijuana, methamphetamine, and a new type of ecstasy designed to avoid censors.
“We are seeing a whole new level of synthetic highs coming to America,” William Wagner, Chicago CBP Laboratory Team Leader,” said in a press release. “Our CBP chemists have tested hundreds of samples and uncovered emerging trends in the increase in variations of synthetic marijuana, bath salts and other synthetic drugs.”
Wagner added that the drugs arriving from overseas are 100 to 800 times more potent than its original version. The report said the designer drugs are coming in bulk or small packets, sold from $30 to $500 each.
CBP officers are checking thousands of incoming parcels every day. When a questionable substance is detected, officers detain the shipment and send samples to CBP chemists for analysis. If the shipment was incorrectly manifested or contained an illegal substance, the shipment is confiscated.
“These unpredictable chemical combinations are sending some users to the hospital and others to the grave,” said Steven Artino, CBP Chicago Acting Director of Field Operations.