Buffalo, N.Y. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection Field Operations today announced the seizure of approximately 47 pounds of methylene-dioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), better known as the club-drug "Ecstasy." The seizure resulted in the arrest of a Canadian citizen.
On February 19, CBP officers encountered Rawle Younge, a 53-year-old Canadian citizen from Brampton, Ontario, as he applied for admission into the United States at the Lewiston Bridge border crossing in Lewiston, N.Y. Mr. Younge presented a Canadian passport as proof of citizenship and advised the CBP officer that he was en route to New York City to attend a family member's birthday party. Mr. Younge was randomly selected for a CBP secondary enforcement exam.
During the course of the secondary inspection, CBP officers utilized a unique X-ray van with backscatter technology that provides a clear image of low density objects that may be hidden in car fenders, tires, trunks, gas tanks and under hoods.
The scan revealed numerous anomalies in the vehicle's driver and passenger side rear quarter panels. A physical exam resulted in the discovery of 49 bundles secreted in both rear quarter panels. The bundles consisted of a plastic bag wrapped with cellophane, a clear lubricant, dryer sheets, and black electrical tape. The bags contained 47 pounds of multi-colored tablets. The tablets field tested positive for ecstasy.
CBP officers seized a total of 77,856 tablets of Ecstasy. Mr. Younge was arrested on federal charges of importation and possession with the intent to distribute a controlled substance. He was turned over to agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for further investigation and prosecution by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of New York.
"The Ecstasy seized by CBP has a street value of approximately $1.5 million," said Randy Howe, CBP assistant director of Field Operations for the Buffalo Field Office. "The utilization of non-intrusive inspection technology, in this case the Zero Backscatter Van, has aided CBP in keep this very significant narcotic off our streets."
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.