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Individual arrested at Peace Bridge attempting to import marijuana

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Posted at 5:33 PM, Oct 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-26 20:42:42-04

A New York man was arrested after he attempted to import marijuana he legally obtained at a Canadian dispensary into the United States.

23-year-old David Dratch, of Montgomery, NY, was charged with possession of a controlled substance, importation of a controlled substance, and smuggling goods into the United States. 

According to the U.S. District Attorney's Office, on Oct. 25th Dratch attempted to come across the border at the Peace Bridge and was referred for secondary inspection. 

During the inspection, authorities discovered six envelopes containing marijuana, two jars of marijuana resin, four packages of THC-infused gummy worms, and a piece of paper  with “118 George St.” and “289-396-8078” written on it, which is a Hamilton, Ontario dispensary.

Officials say during a search of Dratch's recent text messages, a message to an individual identified as "Max" on the same day stated: “lol bro I just had 100mg edible and I got stopped by customs and now they're asking me so much (expletive).”

The charges carry a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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