CBP Officers Seize Cocaine over Busy Holiday Weekend
BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Peace Bridge seized just over 20 grams of cocaine and 6 grams of crack cocaine in two separate incidents over the weekend.
On Friday, CBP officers encountered a 24 year-old Canadian citizen claiming to be destined to the Key Bank Center to attend the Buffalo Sabres hockey game. Officers noticed a strong odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle the subject was traveling in and referred him for a secondary inspection. During the subsequent inspection, CBP officers noticed a small baggie on the floor next to the subject and discovered an additional baggie secreted within the travelers wallet. Both white-powdery substances tested positive for cocaine. The combined weight of the cocaine was approximately 5.1 grams.
On Saturday, CBP officers encountered a 48 year-old Canadian citizen claiming to be destined to Florida for a vacation. Officers discovered powder-cocaine, crack-cocaine and four Percocet pills after the traveler was referred to a secondary examination. The total weight of the cocaine and crack-cocaine was approximately 22 grams.
In both incidents, the subjects were arrested and turned over to the City of Buffalo Police Department. “Even on our busiest weekends, our CBP officers remain vigilant securing our borders,” said Acting Buffalo Director of Field Operations LaFonda Sutton-Burke. “These seizures represent the dedication of our workforce to ensure the safety of our communities especially during the holiday season.”
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