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.
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.
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.