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Border agents seize 40,000 unapproved prescription pills in Minnesota

The drugs are worth more than $12,000.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in Minneapolis have seized an incoming shipment containing 40,520 unapproved prescription pills worth over $12,000. 

The shipment from Laos, addressed to a Brooklyn Park residence, contained several different kinds of drugs, including over-the-counter medications and one schedule II medication. 

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration prohibits the transport of fraudulent prescription and nonprescription drugs, which can "cause significant harm" as unregulated products, according to the CBP. 

“Protecting and safeguarding consumers from inferior products is vital component of CBP’s border security mission,” Augustine Moore, area CBP port director, said in a statement. “This is a testament to the commitment made by our officers to keep dangerous goods out of the country.”

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