BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Peace Bridge arrested a U.S. citizen yesterday, traveling with an unlicensed loaded handgun and drugs.
CBP officers encountered a 20-year old male subject who stated he had made a wrong turn on to the bridge. While the traveler was undergoing primary inspection, the CBP officer noted a smell of marijuana in the vehicle. The traveler and vehicle were referred for additional examination.
During the secondary inspection, CBP officers discovered a loaded, .40-caliber automatic pistol under the driver’s seat. Further checks revealed that the firearm was unlicensed. Additional inspection of the subject yielded 1.9 grams of marijuana on his person, and .5 gram of cocaine in his wallet.
The subject was arrested by CBP officers. The subject, along with the handgun, ammunition and drugs were seized and turned over to the Buffalo Police Department.
“CBP officers are trained to identify the many signs that call for careful inspection of suspicious individuals arriving at the U.S. border, said Acting Port Director Cary Frieling. “The transportation of illegal guns and drugs over the U.S. border will always be prosecuted to the fullest extent of our 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.