Detroit - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the Fort Street Cargo facility in Detroit discovered 156 pounds of marijuana valued at $626,000 commingled within a shipment of frozen vegetables.
On Friday, November 1, a 62-year old male citizen of Canada arrived at the cargo facility with a shipment manifested as frozen vegetables, destined for Chicago, Ill. The shipment was referred for a routine enforcement check including an X-ray. Because the X-ray scan was inconclusive, officers visually examined the shipment of 29 pallets and discovered 134 packages of marijuana mixed within the shipment of vegetables.
"This is a very significant marijuana seizure. Extreme lengths were used in an attempt to conceal this shipment," said John Nowak, acting CBP Detroit port director. "I commend the CBP officers involved in making this seizure and stopping this shipment of drugs from reaching our streets."
The driver was arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement HSI Special Agents. The commercial truck and marijuana were seized.
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.