BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers and agriculture specialists at the Port of Buffalo made three separate seizures of marijuana being shipped into the U.S. during the past week. The seizures totaled just over 13 pounds and were discovered in commercial shipments.
On July 28 and August 2, CBP officers at the Peace Bridge targeted two separate shipments for examination and discovered more than 8.5 pounds of marijuana.
Today, CBP agriculture specialists examining a shipment at the Lewiston Bridge discovered several resealed snack bags. Further inspection of the bags revealed the contents as marijuana weighing just over 4.5 pounds.
“CBP officers are constantly on the lookout for smugglers who continuously try new and creative ways to bring drugs across our borders,” said Acting Port Director Cary Frieling. “I commend our CBP officers and agriculture specialists for demonstrating for their vigilance and diligence in preventing these drugs from entering our community.”
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.