Illegal Ketamine Seized by Atlanta CBP

By Rob Brisley | CBP

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers seized more than one gallon of liquid ketamine at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Wednesday, CBP officers referred a 29-year-old Colombia man for further inspection after arriving on a flight from Bogota.

Upon examination of his bags, numerous toiletry bottles were closely examined to better determine the contents.  CBP officers tested the liquids with a handheld elemental isotope analysis tool and identified the contents as ketamine hydrochloride, which is a drug used to induce loss of consciousness or anesthesia.

“Our most valuable asset is the skilled CBP officers on the frontline,” said, Priscilla Frink Atlanta Assistant Port Director. “CBP remains dedicated in stopping illegal drugs before they reach our communities.”

The seized ketamine totaled just over 56 ounces with a street value estimated $11,000. Atlanta CBP officers turned the individual over to Clayton County Police Department for state prosecution.

According to the DEA, ketamine is a Schedule III non-narcotic drug regulated under the Controlled Substances Act. Along with other club drugs, ketamine is popular among teens and young adults at dance clubs and raves. It delivers hallucinogenic effects and is sometimes used to facilitate sexual assault crimes. Ketamine, commonly known on the street as Special K, can induce a state of sedation, immobility, relief from pain, and amnesia as the user may have no memory of events while under the influence.

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