U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers Intercept Ecstasy Smuggling Attempt

September 27, 2013 Updated May 26, 2010 at 3:29 PM EDT

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers Intercept Ecstasy Smuggling Attempt

September 27, 2013 Updated May 26, 2010 at 3:29 PM EDT

NIAGARA FALLS, NY (WKBW/CPB) -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) today announced the seizure of over 2,000 tablets of ecstasy (MDMA) at the Rainbow Bridge border crossing on May 25, 2010.

The seizure resulted in the federal arrest of Leanardo Coleman, a 23 year old Canadian citizen of Toronto, Ontario.

CBP officers encountered Coleman as he applied for admission into the United States traveling in a commercial bus. He advised CBP Officers that he was destined to visit a sick relative in New York City.

During the secondary interview, CBP Officers noticed that Coleman’s waist area was unusually bulky. A search of his person revealed the illegal narcotics tucked into the waist band of his pants. Two vacuum sealed bags of ecstasy were discovered.

Federal prosecution was accepted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Western District of NY for violations of smuggling a controlled substance, failure to declare and illegal possession/transport of a controlled substance. Coleman was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agents pending arraignment.