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CBP Seizes 3 Kilograms of Ecstasy at the Detroit/Canada Tunnel

Release Date: 
January 27, 2011

Detroit - CBP officers working at the Detroit Canada Tunnel seized 3 kilograms of ecstasy with a street value in excess of $100,000.

Ecstasy pills in different colors and shapes.

On Jan. 10, three individuals in an Ontario plated vehicle were referred to secondary claiming to be entering the United States to eat dinner at a local Detroit establishment. A gift wrapped box containing several bags of pills in different shapes and sizes was discovered behind the driver's seat. A sample of the pills field tested positive for Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA). Four bags were removed from the vehicle for a total weight of 3.16 kilograms and a total pill count of 10,733.

The pills were of the many different colors and shapes to include; Multi-color Transformer, Purple Ninja Turtle, an outline of the State of Texas, a butterfly, a circus tent and an outline of the State of New York.

The male occupant, a 21-year-old Canadian from Windsor was arrested by U.S. Homeland Security Investigations agents and the U.S. Attorney's office has accepted prosecution. The other two individuals were returned back to Canada pending further investigation.

"This seizure shows the depth in which smugglers will go in an attempt to beat our officers," said Port Director Roderick Blanchard. "We will continue to work hard to ensure that drugs do not find their way onto our streets."

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017