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CBP Seizes 15 Pounds of Marijuana at Buffalo Border Crossing

Release Date: 
January 18, 2011

Buffalo, N.Y. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Office of Field Operations announced the seizure of more than 15 pounds of marijuana and the arrest of a Canadian citizen in the smuggling attempt.

Marijuana was found in the vehicle's spare tire.

Marijuana was found in the vehicle's spare tire.

On Jan. 13, CBP officers encountered Michael Mazza, a 40-year-old Canadian citizen from Fort Erie, Ontario as he applied for admission into the U.S. at the Peace Bridge border crossing. Mazza advised the primary CBP officer that he was en route to the Buffalo area to shop. Additional questioning raised the suspicion of the primary CBP officer and Mazza was referred for a secondary enforcement exam.

During the course of the secondary inspection, CBP officers discovered an anomaly with the spare tire. A physical inspection yielded 15 vacuum-sealed bags of marijuana concealed in the spare tire. The bags had a total weight of approximately 15.4 pounds of marijuana and an estimated street value of $60,000.

Mazza was arrested on charges of importation and possession with the intent to distribute a controlled substance and turned over to the Buffalo Police Department for prosecution by the District Attorney's Office for the Western District of New York.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017