Rochester woman attempted to smuggle marijuana across Lewiston-Queenston Bridge

Posted at 11:12 AM, Nov 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-17 11:12:50-05

A Rochester woman was arrested after attempting to smuggle marijuana into the United States at the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge according to the United States Attorney's Office in Buffalo.

Officials say 24-year-old Michelle Vanessa Cecala faces charges for attempting to import a controlled substance and smuggling goods into the United States, the charges carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

According to a release, Cecala attempted to cross the bridge around 8 p.m. November 15th when she stated during primary inspection that she did not have any drugs, weapons, or prohibited items.

During a secondary inspection, a bag of marijuana was found in a backpack in the trunk and four commercially sealed packages labeled "medical marijuana" were found in Cecala's purse.

Cecala appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge H. Kenneth Schroeder and was released.

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