Nearly 200 grams of MDMA were seized July 27 by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Washington Dulles International Airport.
Three parcels that arrived in air cargo from London were found to contain 325 light green and yellow pills stamped with the Punisher skull logo on one side and a crown symbol on the other, according to CBP officials.
A field test of a sampling of the pills proved positive for MDMA, more commonly known as ecstasy or "Molly," which is a mood-altering synthetic hallucinogen. The Drug Enforcement Administration lists it as a Schedule 1 narcotic under the Controlled Substances Act.
The combined weight of the narcotics was 198.7 grams — a little more than seven ounces — and has a street value of approximately $20,000. The parcels were destined to addresses in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and East Syracuse, New York.
“This is an exceptional example of Customs and Border Protection officers exercising experience and intuition to intercept illicit and dangerous drugs at our nation’s ports of entry,” CBP Baltimore Field Office Director Casey Durst said in a prepared statement. “Narcotics interdiction remains a CBP enforcement priority, and is one way in which we help to keep our communities safe.”
On average, CBP officers and agents nationwide seize over 4,600 pounds of illicit drugs per day, according to officials.