$6M in Marijuana Seized at U.S. Northern Border as Big Rig Drug Smuggling Surge Continues
Buffalo, NY – The surge in big rig drug smuggling continued at the U.S.-Canada border this week as Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers intercepted more than 3,000 lbs. of marijuana at the Port of Buffalo.
The first seizure occurred on Tuesday, June 1 at the Peace Bridge, which has become part of a major criminal pipeline for black market Canadian-grown marijuana.
A tractor-trailer referred for a secondary non-intrusive examination was discovered to be transporting a shipment of approximately 1,663 lbs. of marijuana.
CBP indicated the commercial shipment was manifested as “paper.”
Fewer than 24 hours later on Wednesday, June 2, CBP officers assigned to the Lewiston Bridge selected a commercial shipment that was also manifested as “paper” for additional examination.
The truck and trailer were sent for a non-intrusive examination that revealed anomalies in the trailer.
The big rig was escorted to the dock and a subsequent physical inspection of the shipment revealed vacuum-sealed packages contained within boxes loaded on pallets, CBP reported.
Officers then performed a thorough inventory of the shipment that resulted in the seizure of 1,275 packages of marijuana.
CBP estimated the street value of the more than 3,000 lbs. of drugs to be $6 million dollars.
The truck drivers involved in these busts were not identified.
Further, CBP did not indicate if any arrests were or have since been made.
Homeland Security Investigations continues to investigate these seizures, CBP said.