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"Large crate" of marijuana seized in Lewiston; valued at $225,000

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Posted at 2:48 PM, Apr 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-17 14:53:05-04

LEWISTON, N.Y. (WKBW) — The U.S./Canada border remains shut down for the vast majority of travel but attempts to move illegal marijuana shipments has not ceased.

On Friday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge discovered seventy pounds of marijuana packed into a "large crate" that was being shipped on a commercial truck. Commercial truck traffic is still permitted across the international border.

According to the CBP, shipment scanners caught an anomaly among the crates on the truck. A physical inspection led to the discovery of boxes inside a large crate that were not listed on the manifest.

Those boxes contained vacuum-sealed packages of marijuana that officers say weighted up to seventy pounds in total with a street value of $225,000.

“From our cargo environment to our passenger environment, our officers are committed to intercepting these illicit drugs from being smuggled in.”
Port Director Jennifer De La O