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CBP Officers Find Marijuana Concealed Inside Tires at the Rainbow Bridge

Release Date: 
August 15, 2019

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers alongside their K-9 partner at the Rainbow Bridge discovered 48 pounds of marijuana inside a cargo van.


“This is an excellent arrest that demonstrates our officers’ dedication to enforcing the CBP mission,” said Acting Buffalo Port Director Sharon Swiatek. “Many concealment methods are used to bring illegal narcotics into the U.S. and our officers always work vigilantly to prevent all forms of narcotic smuggling.”

Marijuana concealed inside spare tires.
Marijuana concealed inside spare tires.


On Monday, CBP officers and a K-9 team working at the Rainbow Bridge arrested two United States citizens after they discovered 48 pounds of marijuana concealed inside spare tires. The K-9 team alerted to all five spare tires in the back of the cargo van and further inspection inside the tires revealed sealed marijuana packages. The contents of the bags field-tested positive for the properties of marijuana and had a domestic street-value of approximately $45,000.


Both U.S. citizens were processed by CBP, turned over to the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and subsequently referred to the U.S. Attorney’s office.


"This seizure demonstrates that close collaboration between HSI and CBP can have a significant impact on stemming the flow of illegal narcotics," said Kevin Kelly, special agent in charge HSI Buffalo. "By working with our law enforcement partners on both sides of the border, Homeland Security Investigations will continue to identify, disrupt and dismantle criminal organizations engaged in cross-border crime."

Cargo van carrying 48 lbs of concealed marijuana.
Cargo van carrying 48 lbs of concealed


CBP Field Operations is responsible for securing our borders at the ports of entry. U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers’ primary mission is anti-terrorism; they screen all people, vehicles, and goods entering the U.S., while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel into and out of the U.S. Their 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.


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Last modified: 
February 3, 2021