Canadian Trucker Denied Entry Into U.S. After $6 MILLION in Marijuana Found in Load
Buffalo, NY – Another Canadian trucker could be in some trouble after U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Port of Buffalo discovered a massive amount of marijuana in a load he was hauling.
On July 22, CBP officers assigned to the Peace Bridge encountered a 45-year-old male Canadian citizen who was the driver of a commercial tractor-trailer.
The driver told officers he was transporting a shipment containing articles of cement.
CBP officers referred the truck for further inspection and upon physical examination of the shipment, 12 wooden pallet boxes were discovered in the trailer that contained multiple vacuum sealed packages of marijuana, CBP reported.
The total weight of the marijuana was determined to be 2,959 lbs. with an estimated street value of more than $6 million dollars.
The driver was not taken into custody, but was refused entry into the U.S. and returned to Canada pending further investigation.
This seizure adds to the already alarming recent increase in drug seizures within the Buffalo Field Office.
On June 25, CBP officers at the Peace Bridge Cargo Facility made a Northern Border record seizure of 9,472 pounds of marijuana from a tractor-trailer shipment.
CBP agents discovered 55 wooden pallet boxes that contained 8,320 vacuum sealed packages of marijuana worth more than $20 million dollars in estimated street value.
The truck driver, 26-year-old Prabjot Nagra, who is a citizen of India and a Canadian Permanent Resident, was initially charged and then the charges were subsequently dropped pending further investigation.
Read more on this case HERE.
Only two weeks prior, another truck driver, Gurpreet Singh, 30, also a citizen of India, was arrested at the Peace Bridge after officers seized 3,346 pounds of marijuana hidden in a load of peat moss.
“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.
From October 1, 2019 through July 23, 2020, ports within the Buffalo Field Office, which covers 16 ports of entry throughout New York State, have made over 1,500 narcotic seizures totaling more than 23,500 pounds.