BUFFALO, N.Y. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Peace Bridge arrested a U.S. citizen after discovering a stolen handgun and drugs in a vehicle on December 11. CBP officers encountered a vehicle after it made a wrong turn onto Peace Bridge. The vehicle and occupants were referred to secondary inspection for further examination.
During secondary inspection, CBP officers discovered a loaded 9-mm handgun with an obliterated serial number, a packet of suspected crack cocaine, and multiple packets of suspected marijuana. The packets were found in the vehicle, and in the purse of a vehicle occupant. CBP officers retrieved the serial number from the handgun, discovering it had been reported stolen from Pennsylvania.
The suspected crack cocaine (27.8 grams), suspected marijuana (39.7 grams), handgun, ammunition, and a digital scale were seized and turned over to Homeland Security Investigations agents. Jibreel Williams, a 27-year old male U.S. citizen was arrested. HSI agents presented the case to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Buffalo, where it was accepted for prosecution.
In addition to the arrest of Williams, another occupant in the vehicle, a 19-year old female U.S. citizen, was turned over to the Hamburg Police Department for an outstanding warrant on charges of larceny and conspiracy. Williams appeared before a federal magistrate and was charged with being a felon in possession of a weapon on December 12. Williams was held in custody pending a detention hearing.
"The firearm and drugs seized in this case represent illegal contraband that will never make into our community," said Buffalo HSI Special Agent In Charge James Spero. "HSI works closely with CBP to combat weapon and contraband smuggling at our ports of entry."
Acting Port Director Cary Frieling praised the vigilance of the CBP officers: "Due to their high degree of training, CBP officer excel in identifying suspicious traverls whose behavior calls for a closer look when encountered at the border. The interdiction of illegal guns and drugs is a vital role played by CBP in protecting our communities."