Customs and Border Protection discover opium in soap delivery at SFO 

The package may have been labeled as soap, but its contents were far from clean.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents working at San Francisco International Airport discovered a suspicious package delivered from Thailand last week that was labeled as soap. Further inspection revealed that the soap was found to contain opium, agency spokesman Frank Falcon said in a statement Monday.

The package arrived at the U.S. Postal Service Center at SFO on Sept. 9 and was sent through an X-ray machine monitored by CBP officers and agriculture specialists. After opening the package, they discovered 66 individually boxed bars of soap, Falcon said.

One of the bars of soap was cut open and officers found that it was hollowed out and contained a black ball of an unknown substance, which turned out to be opium.

Each of the 66 bars of soap contained a ball of opium, with a total weight of 8.9 pounds of the drug, Falcon said.

“Smugglers will often take unusual measures in an attempt to conceal their product,” said Brian J. Humphrey, the agency's director of field operations in San Francisco. “With the help of world-class training and experience, our CBP officers and agriculture specialists work vigilantly 24/7 to keep dangerous goods and illegal merchandise from entering the country.”

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