BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers at the Peace Bridge seized 41 cannabis-infused chocolate bars on February 7.
CBP Officers working at the Peace Bridge commercial facility selected a shipment originating from Scarborough, Canada, bound for Brooklyn, N.Y., for further inspection. The package invoice listed the contents as candy. An examination of the package revealed 41 cannabis-infused chocolate bars known as ‘Firebars’ in the Canadian market. The ‘Firebars,’ which weighed just over 3.5 pounds, were seized for violations of U.S. law.
“We continue to encounter unique, prohibited products that individuals attempt to smuggle into the U.S.,” said Acting Port Director Cary Frieling. “Our officers are dedicated to ensuring that products of this nature are prevented from entering the U.S. commerce.”
In fiscal year 2016, the Buffalo Field Office made over 600 narcotic seizures – a 35 percent increase from the prior year.
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.