Port Huron, Mich. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers at the Blue Water Bridge in Port Huron discovered 6.8 kilograms of cocaine hidden in a storage area of a rental vehicle along with a 40 caliber semi-automatic handgun on Wednesday, August 25, 2010.
The rental vehicle, driven by a 33-year-old man from Chicago, IL, was crossing the Blue Water Bridge at approximately 7:15 a.m. Since neither occupant was traveling with appropriate documents to prove their identities and citizenship, they were selected for further questioning and inspection of the vehicle.
CBP Officers conducting a physical inspection of the vehicle discovered five packages of an unknown substance and a hand gun in passenger area. Field testing of the substance showed that it was cocaine. A canine team then inspected the vehicle resulting in the discovery of additional packages that also tested positive as cocaine. A total of 6.8 kilograms of cocaine was discovered.
Both occupants, U.S. citizens, were arrested and turned over to Special Agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), for further investigation.
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.