CBP’s Big Bong Bust at the Port of Alexandria Bay
ALEXANDRIA BAY, N.Y. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Alexandria Bay Port of Entry seized more than 2,400 glass smoking pipes as drug paraphernalia, worth over $150,000.
On October 4, CBP officers encountered a commercial truck that contained shipments manifested as “smoking glass ball water pipe”. The truck was sent for a non-intrusive inspection and then to the warehouse for a physical exam.
During the secondary inspection, CBP officers discovered 8 pallets of glass smoking pipes and an unlawful importation of drug paraphernalia. Further investigation revealed that the shipment’s country of origin contained marking errors and inaccuracies. A CBP Import Specialist further inspected the shipment, reviewed the manifest and determined that all 2,412 glass pipes were drug paraphernalia.
“Keen awareness by our CBP officers led to the discovery of this contraband,” said Assistant Port Director Trade, Wendy Ruttan. “These officers take pride in continuing to prevent drug related items from entering our community.”
The entire shipment of drug paraphernalia had an approximate value of more than $156,000 and was seized on October 14, for importation violations.
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