Trucker Busted With Record $20 MILLION Load of Drugs
Buffalo, NY – A trucker has some explaining to do after making history for all the wrong reasons.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Peace Bridge Cargo Facility made a Northern Border record seizure of 9,472 pounds of marijuana that was discovered within a commercial shipment manifested as storage containers.
On June 25, U.S. Customers and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Peace Bridge Cargo Facility referred a tractor-trailer being driven by a 26-year-old male who is a citizen of India and Canadian Permanent Resident.
The driver presented a manifest indicating the trailer contained storage containers.
However, during a Non-Intrusive Inspection scan of the commercial truck, CBP officers noticed anomalies within the storage bins, performed a tailgate exam and discovered vacuumed sealed packages with what appeared to be marijuana.
CBP reports a complete physical exam revealed 55 wooden pallet boxes that contained vacuum sealed packages of marijuana.
In total, officers seized 9,472 pounds of marijuana worth more than $20 million dollars in estimated street value.
This is the largest narcotics seizure recorded on the northern border and ranks 23rd in the United States, for a period covering the last 5-years.
“This was an excellent job by our officers from start to finish,” said Port Director Jennifer De La O. “From recognizing a shipment that needed further screening, to the identification of the anomaly during the secondary scan, to the coordination with our partners at Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) our officers are committed to intercepting these illicit drugs from being smuggled in.”
This seizure adds to the recent huge increase in drug seizures within the Buffalo Field Office.
From October 1, 2019 through June 27, 2020, ports within the Buffalo Field Office, which covers 16 ports of entry throughout New York State, have made over 700 narcotic seizures totaling more than 20,180 pounds – an increase of approximately 2,000% from fiscal year 2019 during the same time period.
Earlier this month, drug smugglers filled a big rig’s fuel tanks with $3 million worth of liquid meth before CBP agents assigned to the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge cargo facility in Pharr, TX intercepted it.
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