Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection Field Operations today announced the seizure of approximately 46 grams of cocaine, a 2008 Ford pick-up and the arrest of the Canadian driver.
On March 2, CBP officers encountered William Kyle Batman, a 33-year-old Canadian citizen from Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, as he applied for admission into the U.S. at the International Bridge border crossing in Sault Ste Marie. Batman presented a Canadian passport as proof of citizenship and advised the CBP officer that he was en route to a business meeting in Sault Ste. Marie. Batman was selected for a CBP secondary exam.
During the course of the secondary inspection, CBP officers discovered a large baggie containing a white powdery substance hidden behind a trailer hitch of the vehicle. The suspect powder field tested positive for cocaine.
CBP officers seized approximately 46 grams of cocaine and the pick-up truck that Batman was driving. Batman was arrested and turned over to the Sault Ste. Marie Police Department.
"The cocaine seized today has a street value of approximately $5,000," said Patrick Wilson, Acting Port Director at the Sault Ste Marie port of entry. "The hard work and expertise of our officers continues to add to the safety of our community by keeping this dangerous 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.