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Nearly 3,000 pounds of marijuana seized at Peace Bridge

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Posted at 4:47 PM, Jul 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-24 16:51:47-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) says another drug seizure occurred at the Peace Bridge Wednesday.

A 45-year-old Canadian citizen driving a commercial tractor trailer claimed he was transporting a shipment containing articles of cement. CBP officers referred the truck for further inspection and say 12 wooden pallet boxes containing vacuum sealed packages of marijuana were discovered.

CBP says the total weight of the marijuana was determined to be 2,959 pounds with an estimated value of more than $6 million. The driver was not allowed in the U.S. and returned to Canada pending a further investigation.

“Since travel restrictions began at the border, we have continued to see criminal organizations attempt to exploit perceived vulnerabilities, especially in the commercial environment,” said Port Director Jennifer De La O. “I am extremely proud of our CBP officers who have remained vigilant and enforcement focused during these unprecedented times. Their selfless efforts have yet again led to an impressive seizure of narcotics preventing these drugs from entering our communities.”

CBP says from October 1, 2019 to July 23, 2020 the Buffalo Field Office, which covers 16 ports of entry throughout New York, has made over 1,500 narcotic seizures totaling more than 23,500 pounds.