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530 pounds of marijuana seized from two commercial shipments at the Peace Bridge

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Posted at 2:52 PM, Aug 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-07 14:55:29-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — 530 pounds of marijuana was seized from two commercial shipments at the Peace Bridge August 6, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

A CBP K9 alerted to two shipments which were manifested as "numerical control machines," a physical examination led to the discovery of metal cabinets that were screwed shut CBP says.

According to CBP, numerous vacuum-sealed packages of marijuana were found inside the cabinets after further investigation. The total weight of the marijuana was determined to be 530 pounds with an estimated street value of more than $2 million dollars.

“Our CBP officers have remained enforcement focused and have yet again disrupted criminal activity,” said Port Director Jennifer De La O. “The outstanding work of our frontline officers and K9 teams have been instrumental in the interdiction of narcotics ensuring these dangerous drugs never reach our communities.”

From October 2019 to August 2020 there has been a steady increase in drug seizures within the Buffalo Field Office according to CBP, over 1,500 narcotic seizures totaling more than 24,000 pounds have been seized throughout the 16 ports of entry.

No arrests have been made, the case is still under investigation.