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