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December 22, 1888


JAMA. 1888;XI(25):885-886. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400760021005

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Opium Smuggling on our Northern Border.  A few days since a wagon loaded with 800 pounds of crude opium was seized and the driver arrested by United States Revenue Officers on the Dakota line west of St. Vincent. About the same time 476 pounds, prepared for smoking and packed in boxes, were seized at Denver. The boxes had been sent from St. Paul, marked "household goods" and consigned to A. Neilson, who was also arrested. Another large amount, valued at about $20,000, was found by Customs Officers in a shanty near Port Hope, where it had been landed by a schooner from Sarnia, Ont. The man in charge of the opium in the shanty made his escape. These several seizures, added to the recent developments with which our readers are familiar, render it quite certain that an extensive and well organized system of opium smuggling has been carried on for

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