Photos: Shipment of poppy pods intercepted at Sky Harbor

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More than 1,500 pounds of poppy pods were seized by CBP personnel at the Port of Phoenix. By Jennifer Thomas More than 1,500 pounds of poppy pods were seized by CBP personnel at the Port of Phoenix. By Jennifer Thomas
CBP personnel assigned to the Port of Phoenix located at Sky Harbor Airport identified and detained a shipment of dried poppy pods. By Jennifer Thomas CBP personnel assigned to the Port of Phoenix located at Sky Harbor Airport identified and detained a shipment of dried poppy pods. By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- Agriculture specialists in Phoenix intercepted a large shipment of poppy pods that originated from the Netherlands, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
 
On Aug. 15, personnel from the Phoenix Sky Harbor CBP cargo office targeted an arriving shipment from an international carrier. An agriculture hold was placed on the shipment, pending an examination by a CBP officer and agriculture specialist.

The Phoenix Enforcement Team determined the shipment described as "dried plant pods foliage" to be poppy pods.

Poppy pods are described as a Schedule II Controlled Substance, which led to the entire shipment of 108 cases, or 1,545 pounds, to be put on hold.

Authorities alerted U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations to further investigate the shipment.