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Shipment of canned chicken soup bound for Miami was actually ecstasy and molly

PHILADELPHIA — The shipment may have come in the form of chicken vegetable soup, but Philadelphia Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers quickly realized the broth in front of them was canned criminal broth.

While inspecting international express delivery packages on Wednesday, CBP officers discovered a shipment consisting of 12-liter cans labeled “Canned Dutch Chicken and Vegetable Soup.” The cans, which were shipped from the Netherlands, appeared to be leaking purple liquid.

Officers used an elemental isotope analysis tool and identified the contents of the cans as MDMA hydrochloride. MDMA (3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphatemine) is a synthetic substance known as ecstasy.

According to the DEA, MDMA, also known as molly, is a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act. It is taken as a party drug and is sometimes mixed with other more dangerous chemicals, such as methamphetamine or ketamine, which could lead to accidental overdoses.

CBP officers seized the liquid MDMA, which weighed 11 kilograms, or 24 pounds, 4 ounces, and secured the 12 leaking cans in plastic containers. The shipment was destined for an address in Miami.

An investigation is continuing.

“Shay consumers continue to buy dangerous drugs and controlled substances from unscrupulous international sellers, chemicals made up of unverified ingredients that could harm or kill the citizens of our country. Customs and Border Protection officers remain true to our commitment to search the proverbial haystack to intercept the needle of illicit shipments,” said Joseph Martella, CBP Philadelphia Port Regional Director.

CBP seized or halted an average of 4,732 pounds of dangerous drugs each day in the United States in fiscal year 2021. Find out what else CBP accomplished on a typical day in 2021.