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2009-03-26 14:44:57

The 177 handguns seized at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport were all theatrical props, authorities say. The Cincinnati Enquirer said Thursday that, according to authorities, the handguns seized by federal agents at the airport were only capable of firing blanks. Tim Willard of the U.S. Department of Customs and Border Protection said the handguns were shipped inside 13 large cardboard boxes labeled toys. The shipment bound for a southern Kentucky business from Istanbul,...

2009-02-02 23:32:31

An Australian man is facing serious charges after customs officers at Melbourne Airport found two live pigeons hidden in his pants, authorities said. The 23-year-old Melbourne-area man had the birds strapped to his legs when he arrived in Australia Sunday on a flight from Dubai, The Age reported Monday. The officers also seized a multi-vitamin container holding two birds eggs, as well as a money belt containing plant seeds and undeclared samples of eggplant. It wasn't known what the alleged...

2008-08-21 09:15:00

NACO, Ariz. (AP) -- Some furniture inspected by customs agents at the Arizona-Mexico border gives new meaning to the term "entertainment centers" -- they were allegedly used to hide $2.7 million worth of marijuana. U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Brian Levin says officers at the Naco port of entry in southeastern Arizona got suspicious Tuesday after interviewing the truck driver hauling the wooden entertainment centers and examining the driver's paperwork. Over several hours,...

2008-08-14 00:00:31

By Art Marroquin Overseas travelers may feel a little more secure when passing through Los Angeles International Airport, thanks to several enhancements unveiled Tuesday. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, Rep. Jane Harman, and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa toured the renovated international inspection area, just one year after a pair of massive computer meltdowns left thousands of airline passengers stranded for hours at a time. A new coat of paint,...

2005-10-26 11:36:03

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Rehearsals for an Irish opera met with an unusual hitch after customs officers seized cocaine from a truck delivering theatrical sets to a Dublin theater preparing to stage one of opera's finest works. The head of Opera Ireland said British customs found the 13 pounds of drugs while checking a shipment of sets and costumes en route from Germany to Ireland for a production of Verdi's "La Traviata." The opera company said it had no idea where the drugs came from and...