DETROIT—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in Detroit announces the seizure of 144 pounds of alleged cocaine inside of the cab of a Canada-bound tractor trailer.
“I applaud the efforts of all who contributed to keep this shipment of dangerous drugs off U.S. and Canadian streets.” said Christopher Perry, director of field operations.
On Sunday November 17, CBP officers conducting outbound inspections stopped a Canadian plated tractor trailer hauling a shipment of produce. The driver, a Canadian citizen and his passenger, a citizen of India and landed resident of Canada, were asked to exit the vehicle and open the rear cargo doors for inspection. A search of the bunk area of the tractor resulted in the discovery of 55 vacuum sealed packages with a combined weight of 144 pounds (65.2kg) of alleged cocaine.
“This cross-border smuggling attempt was thwarted because of the vigilance of our frontline CBP officers.” said Marty Raybon, acting port director. “I commend the CBP officers involved in stopping this shipment of drugs from reaching its destination.”
CBP officers seized the narcotics and the vehicles and turned the driver and passenger over to Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents for further investigation. The United States Attorney’s Office has accepted the case for Federal prosecution.
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.