By CBSBoston.com Staff

WORCESTER (CBS) — Federal authorities said Monday that they stopped a shipment of Ketamine that was on its way to Worcester from Italy.

U.S. Customers and Border Protection said officers made the interception on June 10 in Philadelphia. They seized a 13-pound box labeled “stainless steel bar cocktail sticks” that contained 36 metal tubes with a white substance inside. It was tested and determined to be ketamine hydrochloride.

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Ketamine seized in Worcester (Photo creidt: CBP Photo/Handout)

Customs describes ketamine as a “dangerous substance used as a club drug and in sexual assaults.” It can distort perceptions, cause amnesia and temporary paralysis.

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Authorities said the package had a Worcester address and are continuing to investigate.

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CBSBoston.com Staff