U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in Minneapolis have seized an incoming shipment containing thousands of medications worth more than $6,000.
The package, labeled as herbal candy, was sent from Thailand to a St. Paul residence. When officers inspected the shipment, they found it instead was filled with commercial quantities of over-the-counter medications without permission from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
With a total of 9,146 pills, the medications included chloroquine phosphate, paracetamol, mebendazole, piroxicam, penicillin, amoxicillin and pyridoxine hydrochloride.
The CBP says that medications bought online might not meet "pharmacological standards," and some made by non-regulated foreign companies can contain "dangerous contaminants or ineffective compounds."
The CBP seizes illegally shipped items across the country on a regular basis. A spokesperson said data does not indicate an increase or trend around seized shipments in the Twin Cities.
In 2021, the CBP has issued six press releases regarding incidences of illegally shipped goods on their way to Minnesota, an uptick from recent years.