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Archive for February 28th, 2022

CBP Finds $2.9M Worth of Meth Disguised As Onions

CBP found methamphetamine disguised as white onions. Photo: CBP

By Steve Neavling

CBP officers in southern California discovered $2.9 million worth of methamphetamine disguised as onions. 

The nearly 1,200 packages of meth were found in a tractor trailer at the Otay Mesa commercial facility at about 1 p.m. last week. 

CBP canines sniffed out the drugs, which were in packages shaped like onions with a white covering. 

In total, CBP found 1,336 pounds of meth. 

Nearly 1,200 packages of meth disguised as onions were discovered by CBP. Photo: CBP

“This was not only a clever attempt to try and smuggle in narcotics, one I haven’t seen before, but also time consuming to wrap narcotics into these small packages, designed to look like onions,” Sidney Aki, CBP director of field operations in San Diego, said in a statement. “These efforts show how effective our officers are, and as a response, the lengths drug trafficking organizations are willing to go to as they try to smuggle narcotics into the U.S.  While we have certainly seen narcotics in produce before, it’s unusual for us to see this level of detail in the concealment.” 

The 46-year-old driver, a Mexican citizen, was arrested and turned over to ICE. 

Herbert Stapleton Named Special Agent in Charge of FBI’s Indianapolis Field Office

FBI’s Indianapolis Field Office. Photo: FBI

By Steve Neavling

Herbert J. Stapleton was tapped to serve as special agent in charge of the FBI’s Indianapolis Field Office. 

Before the appointment, Stapleton was serving as a deputy assistant director of the Cyber Division at FBI headquarters.

Stapleton began working as an FBI special agent in 2004, when he was assigned to the Cape Girardeau Resident Agency under the St. Louis Field Office. He investigated various crimes, including bank robberies, complex financial crimes, public corruption, and child exploitation.

Stapleton transferred to the Chicago Field Office in 2008 to investigate transnational organized crime. 

In 2011, a promotion took Stapleton to the Internet Crime Complaint Center Unit (IC3) under the Cyber Division at headquarters, where he was supervisory special agent. 

In 2014, Stapleton became supervisory special agent at the Cincinnati Field Office. Two years later, he was promoted to assistant special agent in charge in the Cincinnati office, where he oversaw cyber, intelligence, and crisis management programs in southern Ohio.

In 2019, he became section chief in the Cyber Division at headquarters, where he was responsible for cyber-criminal investigations. Last year, Stapleton was promoted to deputy assistant director of the division’s Operational Branch, and he also served as the director of the National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force.

Before joining the FBI, Stapleton was an attorney. 

He received a bachelor’s degree from Centre College in Kentucky and a law degree from the University of Kentucky.