$2.4 MILLION of Marijuana Seized From Big Rig Hauling Paper Towels Into U.S.
Buffalo, NY – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Peace Bridge Cargo Facility seized another 1,227 lbs. of marijuana from a big rig late last week.
According to CBP, the drug bust occurred on Friday, March 26 from a tractor-trailer manifesting a shipment of “paper towels and dishwasher detergent,” attempting to cross into the U.S. from Canada.
The truck and trailer were sent for a non-intrusive examination that revealed anomalies inside the trailer, CBP said.
A CBP canine search produced an alert on the pallets inside and a subsequent physical inspection revealed multiple vacuum-sealed packages contained within the pallets.
The contents of the vacuum-sealed packages field-tested positive for the properties of marijuana.
Officials estimated the drugs to have a street value of more than $2.4 million.
The identity of the truck driver was not disclosed as an investigation is ongoing.
“Nefarious actors go to great lengths to smuggle illegal contraband into the United States,” said Acting Buffalo Port Director Gaetano Cordone. “The dedicated and hardworking staff at the Port of Buffalo continue to successfully use their training and expertise to protect our great Nation.”
Since the pandemic travel restrictions were implemented last year, the Buffalo Field Office, which covers 16 ports of entry throughout New York State, has carried out more than 1,600 drug seizures.
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