NEW ORLEANS, LA.—Over the weekend, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers from the CBP Port of Gramercy removed a stowaway aboard the M/V BULK CAJUN and later discovered about 50 pounds of marijuana during a subsequent vessel search.
Saturday, January 5, at about 10:00 p.m., crewmen aboard the vessel discovered the presence of a Jamaican stowaway near the vessel's funnel. The stowaway was removed by CBP officers and subsequently placed in the St. Charles Parish prison to await processing and removal from the United States. Poor visibility prevented officers from conducting a thorough search of the vessel's funnel, or smokestack, at that time.
The vessel docked on Sunday, January 6, at about 12:30 p.m., at which time CBP officers and agents from the New Orleans U.S. Coast Guard Sector boarded the vessel, mustered all crewmen in the crew mess and began a complete search of the vessel. During the search, CBP canine "Boris" alerted to the Jacob's ladder locker where a black bag, concealing approximately 50 pounds of marijuana, was discovered.
Acting Area Port Director for the CBP Port of New Orleans Kim K. Hynes said, "This enforcement action is a perfect example of how Customs and Border Protection works side-by-side with our sister DHS components, in this case the U.S. Coast Guard. This stowaway apprehension and narcotic interdiction illustrates the advantages of leveraging DHS resources to accomplish a mission."
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.