Canadian Trucker Likely to Face Charges After She Was Busted Smuggling Cocaine
Sweetgrass, MT – A trucker from Canada will likely face smuggling charges after she was busted with cocaine last week.
According to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), agents at the Office of Field Operations Area Port of Sweetgrass seized 69.5 lbs. of cocaine from a big rig on Thursday, July 29.
While conducting outbound operations, CBP officers encountered the commercial truck operated by the unnamed female Canadian citizen.
A search of the trailer revealed a load of watermelons and peppers which was destined for Canada.
Officers referred the truck for further inspection.
During an in-depth inspection of the truck and trailer, CBP said officers discovered bags concealed within the cargo.
These bags contained a substance which tested positive for cocaine.
“Utilizing high-tech tools, our frontline CBP Officers used a combination of their training and experience to detect and seize 69.5 lbs. of cocaine in the cargo environment,” said Area Port Director Jason Greene, Sweetgrass Port of Entry. “The ability to facilitate lawful trade and travel while sustaining a focus on enforcement, is critical to our border security mission.”
The driver was placed under arrest and the case was turned over to the United States Attorney’s Office for prosecution.