GRAND PORTAGE, MINN.—U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Grand Portage, MN port of entry seized 7.04 pounds of marijuana from a Quebec man.
On January 10, at approximately 1:00 p.m., CBP officers were screening traffic arriving from Canada when a white Dodge Caravan was observed cutting across the port of entry inbound lanes in an attempt to circumvent the port of entry inbound inspection process. CBP officers took immediate action and secured the vehicle and lone male occupant. The vehicle was driven by a 46-year-old man identified as a Canadian citizen and resident of Quebec. Upon inspection of the vehicle, CBP officers discovered 7.04 pounds of marijuana, 40 grams of hashish, and other drug related paraphernalia items inside.
The driver of the vehicle was taken into custody and turned over to local authorities for further prosecution. Independent research groups estimate seven pounds of marijuana as having a street value of approximately $32,000.
"Protecting our borders is what the dedicated men and women of CBP do on a daily basis," said Mary Delaquis, Pembina area port director. "Keeping illegal narcotics out of our country and off the streets is the direct result of the vigilance and dedication displayed by the officers at the Grand Portage port of entry."
The Office of Field Operations is responsible for securing our borders at the ports of entry. The CBP officer's primary mission is anti-terrorism; they screen all people, vehicles, and goods entering the United States, while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel into and out of the United States. The mission also includes carrying out traditional border-related responsibilities, including narcotics interdiction, enforcing immigration law, protecting the nation's food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases, and enforcing trade laws.
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.