Border Agents Seize $1.3 MILLION in Drugs From Big Rig Hauling Empty Plastic Bottles
Buffalo, NY – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Peace Bridge Cargo Facility seized another huge shipment of drugs from a big rig last week.
On Thursday, March 11, CBP officers assigned to the Port of Buffalo at the Peace Bridge selected a commercial shipment that was manifested as “empty plastic bottles” for additional examination.
The truck and trailer were sent for a non-intrusive examination that CBP said revealed “anomalies” in the trailer.
After the truck was escorted to the dock, a K9 search produced an alert on the cardboard boxes inside.
A subsequent physical inspection of the shipment revealed vacuum-sealed bags that contained 655 lbs. of marijuana within the boxes.
The seized marijuana has an estimated street value of over $1.3 million dollars, CBP said.
No information was provided about the truck driver.
Further, it is unclear if he/she will face charges.
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.
Photos courtesy of CBP