BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of Buffalo had a busy weekend at the three local border crossings. In total, CBP officers made seven narcotics seizures involving opium, marijuana, and methamphetamine, seized two handguns and made two arrests for outstanding warrants.
At Rainbow Bridge, CBP officers seized two handguns from a U.S. citizen, after the subject was refused entry to Canada. Officers also seized 25.6 grams of marijuana that was discovered in the center console of a vehicle driven by a U.S. citizen.
At Peace Bridge, CBP officers seized a total of 43.7 grams of marijuana and 3.6 grams of opium-laced cotton balls in five separate seizures. One seizure was the result of a positive canine team alert leading to the discovery of marijuana hidden under the driver’s seat. In addition, CBP officers at the Peace Bridge arrested a U.S. citizen who was wanted on three outstanding vehicle and traffic warrants. The subject was turned over to the Buffalo Police Department.
Also at Peace Bridge, CBP officers encountered a U.S. citizen who was wanted on a felony warrant for aggravated perjury and cocaine sale. During a search of traveler’s possessions, officers found 3.4 grams of marijuana, 1.9 grams of methamphetamine, and 41 pills of methylin that were not prescribed to subject. The subject, as well as the seized drugs and prescription medication, were turned over to the Buffalo Police Department.
“CBP officers are constantly on the lookout for smugglers and criminals trying to cross U.S. borders,” said Acting Port Director Cary Frieling. “The arrests and seizures made over the weekend at U.S. border crossings demonstrate the vigilance of our officers and the important relationship we have with our local law enforcement partners.”
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.