ST. PAUL -- A drug dog in Cincinnati on Thursday, May 21, sniffed out 13.5 pounds of methamphetamine mixed in soap bars that were headed to St. Paul.

According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, officers at an Express Consignment Operations hub in Cincinnati seized two shipments of meth arriving from the same shipper in Mexico on Wednesday and Thursday. The drug seized weighed 50 pounds with a street value of $217,000.

A drug dog alerted officers of the first package and X-rays showed inconsistencies. When officers inspected the parcel, they found bars of soap. However, 37 pounds of meth was emulsified in the soap, which was headed for a residence in Atlanta, the agency said in a statement.

The next night, officers noticed another package by the same shipper had arrived that it was headed to a residence in St. Paul, the agency said. The package had the same contents — soap with 13.5 pounds of meth blended inside.

St. Paul police spokesman Steve Linders said Thursday the department was not involved in the case.

A customs spokesman said Thursday that agency officers consistently find narcotics smuggled in various ways. In previous seizures, officers have found narcotics in car parts, within the cardboard of boxes and electronics.

Earlier this month, officers in Cincinnati found 4 pounds of marijuana hidden inside canisters of disinfecting wipes.

According to the DEA, meth is the drug most frequently identified in their reporting. Also, about half of the agency’s domestic field divisions are reporting price increases at the retail and wholesale levels, particularly in areas where meth is most prevalent. The DEA is also reporting decreases in availability.