On Thursday July 11, 2011 CBP canine Rogue, a four-year-old Belgian Malinois, was busy at work at Chicago O’Hare Airport helping with the inspection of parcels at the International mail facility, when he alerted officers to an imported shipment from Laos.
The imported shipment contain 16 embroidered black jackets, manifested as “Mong Traditional Skirt handicraft.” CBP officers x-rayed the jackets finding no hidden lining or secret compartments but a narcotics test revealed the presence of opium. The weight of the jackets totaled approximately ten pounds and the parcel was addressed to a location in Minnesota.
Rogue insisted and further test revealed the jackets themselves were used to soak up the liquefied opium.
“Usually our CBP officers working with international mail will see an opium-soaked lining or cloth sewn into a jacket or other piece of material,” said David Murphy, CBP Director of Field Operations in Chicago. “This is the first time we have seen entire jackets that were dipped in vats of liquefied opium, dried and sent to this country. Although concealment methods may vary, our officers and canines remain vigilant in seizing loads of harmful, unlawful narcotics everyday. We are especially pleased to welcome our newest four-legged officer Rogue, who has already become a valuable asset.”
Rogue is the newest member of the Port of Chicago CBP canine family, transferring from a CBP Cincinnati express consignment operation in April. So far he has seized multiple shipments of opium, ecstasy and methamphetamine.