DETROIT- U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations at the Ambassador Bridge announces that two United States citizens were arrested when 124.66 grams of suspected cocaine was discovered during an outbound examination.
On April 2, CBP Officers assigned to the Anti-Terrorism Contraband Enforcement Team (A-TCET) stopped a vehicle with Ohio temporary license tags while performing outbound operations at the Ambassador Bridge. The two occupants, both male U.S. citizens reported that they were not carrying currency over $10,000 and no weapons. During a search of the vehicle which included the engine compartment, a package wrapped in several layers of masking tape was discovered. Officers probed the package and detected a white powdery substance which field tested positive for the properties of cocaine.
“Smugglers will go to any length to conceal their contraband,” said CBP Detroit Port Director Roderick Blanchard. “This incident shows that CBP officers remain alert for the various concealment methods of cross-border trafficking.”
Both males were arrested and the suspected drugs were seized and turned over to agents from Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) where they face state drug charges.
All persons accused of crimes are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court proceedings.
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.