Buffalo, N.Y. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) today announced the seizure of approximately 21 pounds of methylene-dioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), better known as the club-drug "Ecstasy." The seizure resulted in the arrest of a United States citizen.
On March 3, CBP officers encountered 25-year-old Leeann Corley, a United States citizen from Georgia as she applied for admission into the United States at the Peace Bridge Port of Entry. Ms. Corley made a negative declaration and advised CBP that she travelled to Canada via commercial bus to visit family. During routine primary questioning Ms. Corley had difficulty answering additional questions related to her itinerary. Due to this reason, Ms. Corley was referred for a secondary exam.
During the secondary inspection it appeared that Ms. Corley was in a very late term pregnancy but could not answer basic questions about her health. During an authorized patdown CBP Officers discovered Ms. Corley was wearing a body suit with a modified stomach area. The body suit was removed and secreted within were zip lock bags containing pills that field tested positive for the properties of MDMA. The bags were found to contain approximately 34,000 pills with a total weight of approximately 21 pounds.
Ms. Corley was arrested on federal charges of importation and possession with the intent to distribute a controlled substance and turned over to agents from U.S. Homeland Security Investigations for further investigation and prosecution by the U.S. Attorney's Office for Western New York.
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.