WILMINGTON — Customs agents at the DHL hub seized more than 100 pounds of herbal incense found to contain a powerful, synthetic version of the active ingredient in marijuana, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection office said Thursday, Jan. 15.
On Nov. 20, customs officers and agriculture specialists examined two arriving shipments from the Czech Republic that were labeled "herbal incense." One carton contained numerous pouches labeled "Space Diamond" and "Spice Artic Energy."
Tests for THC — the active ingredient in marijuana — proved negative. Additional tests, however, showed the packets contained a synthetic drug called HU-210, which is 100 to 800 times more potent than natural THC.
Five shipments containing more than 100 pounds HU-210 have been seized so far, with the latest seizure occurring Tuesday.
The investigation is ongoing.
By Steve Bennish
Thursday, January 15, 2009