Marine City, Mich. - After initiating a traffic stop early Friday morning, Border Patrol agents seized 33.72 lbs. of concealed in a hockey bag and arrested an individual attempting to smuggle the narcotics into the US.
During the early morning hours, Remote Video Surveillance System cameras on the St. Clair River detected a boat coming from Canada, entering U.S. waters, and landing near the Port Seaway Inn in Cottrellville Township. The boat stayed in the U.S. for a brief period of time and then quickly left. Responding Border Patrol agents noticed a van leaving the area and driving at a high rate of speed shortly after the boat left for Canada.
Border Patrol agents initiated a traffic stop and saw a large duffel bag in the van. A search of the vehicle and duffel bag revealed several clear packages of what appeared to be marijuana. The contents of the bag tested positive for marijuana and the driver of the van was placed under arrest.
The contents of the bag and subject were turned over to the St. Clair County Sheriff's department.
James Crawford, patrol agent in charge of the Marysville Border Patrol station, said "This is an example of how we are using both human assets and technology to prevent illegal drugs from crossing out nation's borders."
To report suspicious activity, call the Detroit Sector Border Patrol's toll-free BORDERWATCH telephone number at (800) 537-3220.
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.