LEWISTON, N.Y. – Yesterday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Lewiston Bridge seized approximately 28 pounds of MDMA, better known as Ecstasy, with an estimated street value of more than $880,000.
“This is an excellent seizure that demonstrates our officers’ dedication to enforcing the CBP mission and protecting the public from illegal narcotics,” said Mark MacVittie, acting port director for the Port of Buffalo. “Our officers are expertly trained, and they utilized that training to inspect a vehicle carrying illicit drugs.”
Around 2 p.m., CBP officers encountered Donna Campbell, a 48-year-old female and citizen of Canada, applying for admission to the U.S. at the Lewiston Bridge. During primary inspection, several inconsistencies were noticed by the officer and the traveler was referred for a secondary exam.
The vehicle inspection resulted in the discovery of several vacuum sealed bags containing blue and pink pills hidden in the rear seat area. Contents of the bags tested positive for the properties of Ecsatsy. A total of sixteen bags weighing approximately 28 pounds were removed from the vehicle.
Campbell was arrested and turned over to the New York State Police to face charges for possession of a controlled substance.
CBP Field Operations is responsible for securing our borders at the ports of entry. U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers’ primary mission is anti-terrorism; they screen all people, vehicles, and goods entering the U.S., while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel into and out of the U.S. Their mission also includes carrying out traditional border-related responsibilities, including narcotics interdiction, enforcing immigration law, protecting the nation’s food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases, and enforcing trade laws.
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.