Canadian “Trusted Traveler” Trucker Busted Smuggling Cocaine and Fentanyl Out of U.S.
Port Huron, MI – A Canadian trucker enrolled in the Trusted Traveler Program (TTP) was discovered to be hauling a bit more than his load of flavoring syrup on Friday.
According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), at approximately 2 a.m. on April 17, officers working at the Blue Water Bridge referred a tractor-trailer bound for Canada for a physical inspection of the cab.
The load originated in California, according to officials.
CBP says the trucker became “visibly shaken” and “increasingly nervous” as agents conducted the examination.
Officers then discovered several bricks of suspected cocaine and fentanyl totaling over 80 pounds.
The driver, whose identity was not released, was arrested.
“The driver faces federal prosecution for the exportation of illegal drugs,” said Christopher Perry, Director of Field Operations. “Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Border Enforcement Security Task Force Port Huron is investigating.”
The arrest brings additional scrutiny to the TTP, and more specifically, to the Free and Secure Trade or FAST program.
The FAST program allows for expedited processing at U.S. ports of entry for commercial carriers who have completed background checks and fulfill certain eligibility requirements.
Earlier this year the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said it would phase out FAST credentials for as many as 30,000 New York truckers currently enrolled in the program after New York implemented the Driver’s License Access and Privacy Act (Green Light Law).
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The Green Light Law grants illegal immigrants the right to obtain driver’s licenses and prohibits the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) from sharing information with DHS.
The refusal to share DMV information to DHS and CBP sparked a political feud between President Donald Trump and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
The two leaders were working on a deal shortly before the State was hit with the COVID-19 outbreak.
No resolution or agreement has yet been reached in the political standoff.
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