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The Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency in the US city of Philadelphia has seized a large amount of ketamine that was being smuggled through the city concealed in the frames of pictures of Hilary Duff.
The parcels arrived in the city from The Netherlands and were destined for a house in Hartford County in Connecticut. However, the joint efforts of the Chicago and Philadelphia CBP officers meant that the drugs never reached their target.
The ketamine was stashed away in several shipments of picture frames featuring the Lizzy Maguire actor, with each shipment containing six frames.
Ironically, the pictures of Duff were from her 2005 album called Most Wanted. Honestly, you can't make this s*** up.
Upon examination, the officers discovered that there was a white substance concealed within the frames, and then tested the substance using a handheld chemical analyser, identifying the powder to be ketamine.
In total, the weight of the ketamine and picture frames was 16.4 kilograms. They've now been handed straight over to the Department of Homeland Security for investigation.
The specialist officers from Homeland Security Investigations in Hartford County have already arrested a subject and their investigation is ongoing.
Casey Durst, the Director of Field Operations for the CBP Baltimore Field Officer, said: "Secreting dangerous drugs within picture frames is not a new concealment method; however, Customs and Border Protection officers must still effort to detect and intercept it."
He continued: "CBP officers across the country often partner during illicit narcotics interceptions because we are all singularly focused on one very important mission - protecting our nation's citizens from dangerous drugs."
According to the USA's Drugs Enforcement Agency, ketamine is classed as a Schedule III narcotic under the Controlled Substances Act.
The CBP claims that they seized 3,707 pounds of dangerous drugs every single day across the whole of the United States.
That's the thick end of 1,700 kilograms, which is a lot of drugs.
This is probably the first time they've discovered a haul of psychoactive drugs hidden away in photographs of someone who used to be on The Disney Channel, though.
Ketamine - I'm reliably informed - is a popular drug amongst clubbers as it can be hallucinogenic, and induces a state of sedation.
That's why it is popularly known as a horse tranquiliser, although it is also used in certain parts of the world as a human anaesthetic.
However, it has also become commonly used in sexual assault incidents, and can cause the body to shut down , as well as enter cardiac arrest or temporary paralysis.
Featured Image Credit: Philadelphia CBP
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