Monday, December 24, 2007

Happy Holidays and Sorry About the Opium

I hate to be the bearer of bad news. But, if you are expecting a picture frame, Aqua Dots, or Louis Vuitton handbag for the holidays, your gift might not arrive.

According to this news item, Customs and Border Protection seized a shipment of picture frames with opium concealed inside the frames. Seem like good police work in the ordinary way, but is even more surprising considering that it was a UPS shipment at the UPS hub in Louisville. Given the volume passing through that border, it is amazing the shipment was caught.

In other seizure news, you won't be getting your Aqua Dots from Seattle nor will you get your fake handbags from Atlanta.

On an unrealted note, today I saw the movie No Country for Old Men. It is a really good movie if you are interested in well-made character studies of the criminally insane and slow talking Texans. I mention this only to note the poor showing Customs and Border Protection had in the funny characterization of a Border Patrol Agent on the U.S.-Mexico Border. Given the merger of the Border Patrol into CBP, I need to add this to my list of movies featuring appearances by Customs.

No comments: