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Busy 24 Hours at Buffalo Area Bridges

Release Date: 
June 16, 2015

BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of Buffalo made five seizures of narcotics and a firearm at local border crossings in the last 24 hours.. “These seizures are direct results of the hard work and vigilance by our officers,” said Mark MacVittie, acting port director for the Port of Buffalo. “Preventing the illegal importation of narcotics and firearms is important in protecting the public and the nation.”

CBP officer searches for contraband during secondary inspection.

CBP officer searches for contraband during secondary inspection.

At Peace Bridge, a 36-year old male and member of the Global Entry trusted traveler program, was encountered by officers and referred for a secondary exam. An inspection of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of 38 pills for which the individual did not have a prescription. The pills were identified as Schedule Two narcotics: Percocet, Vicodin and Oxycodone. The subject was arrested and turned over to the Buffalo Police Department along with the narcotics.

At Rainbow Bridge, the search of a vehicle occupied by two female citizens of Canada resulted in the discovery of 11.9 grams of marijuana. The pair were refused admission to the U.S. Also at the Rainbow Bridge, a 52-year old male U.S. citizen was referred for a secondary exam. During the exam, a Glock handgun was discovered for which the individual did not possess a valid permit. The firearm was seized and turned over to the Niagara Falls Police Department.

At Lewiston Bridge, CBP officers encountered a 24-year old male U.S. citizen. During a K-9 search of the vehicle, .4 grams of marijuana was discovered. The contraband was seized and a penalty was assessed. Also at the Lewiston Bridge, one 23-year old female and one 20-year old female, both U.S. citizens, were referred for a secondary exam. A subsequent search of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of .28 grams of cocaine and 1.77 grams of marijuana. Both individuals were arrested and turned over to the Lewiston Police Department, along with the drugs.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017