Detroit - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers inspecting a commercial truck at the Fort Street Cargo Facility found duffel bags of marijuana hidden on the underside of the truck's trailer.
On Nov. 10, CBP officers at the Fort Street Cargo Facility encountered a 55-year old Canadian citizen from Chatham, as he arrived from Windsor, Canada, in a commercial truck. The truck was selected for further inspection utilizing gamma-ray inspection technology, a non-intrusive inspection technology, during which CBP officers discovered indications that something was hidden on the underside of the trailer.
Physical inspection of the area resulted in the officers finding several duffel bags and garbage bags that contained what appeared to be a green leafy substance. Canine inspection resulted in an alert for possible narcotics. The officers tested the substance resulting in its positive identification as marijuana.
Nine bags containing marijuana weighing 107 kilograms, or 235 pounds, were removed from the truck. The marijuana has an estimated street value in excess of $948,000.
The driver was turned over to investigators from Homeland Security Investigations / Border Enforcement Security Task Force for further processing and prosecution.
"This is an excellent example of the vigilance our officers exercise while processing the thousands of commercial vehicles that pass through our port on a daily basis," said Port Director Roderick Blanchard. "Because of their dedication and hard work these drugs will not find their way to our communities."
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.