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Guns and Drugs Trigger Multiple Arrests on Bridges to Canada

Release Date: 
July 1, 2015

BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of Buffalo made 10 seizures of narcotics and firearms at local border crossings over the past weekend.

CBP officers at Peace Bridge, seized a handgun from a 35-year-old male U.S. citizen male, who was arrested and turned over to the New York State Police. Officers also encountered a 62-year-old male in possession of 18.4 grams of marijuana and a 30-year-old male in possession of 34 oxycodone pills without a prescription. Both subjects were arrested and turned over to the Buffalo Police Department along with the drugs.

At Rainbow Bridge, the search of a vehicle occupied by two female Canadian citizens resulted in the discovery of 7.6 grams of marijuana. The pair were assessed a $500 penalty and denied admission to the U.S.

Rainbow Bridge CBP officers separately encountered three male U.S. citizens, 59, 43, and 28-years of age, on firearms possessions. All firearms were seized and turned over to the Niagara Falls Police Department. The 28-year-old male was arrested and taken into custody by the NFPD.

At Lewiston Bridge, CBP officers seized a firearm from a 43-year old male U.S. citizen. The firearm was turned over to the Lewiston Police Department. Officers also seized 150ml of codeine syrup from a 27-year-old male U.S. citizen who was arrested and taken into custody by the Lewiston Police Department, and 4.2 grams of marijuana from a 34-year-old male U.S. citizen who was issued an appearance ticket by the New York State Police.

“These seizures are direct results of the hard work and vigilance by our officers and the close working relationship we have with our law enforcement partners on both sides of the border,” said Mark MacVittie, acting port director for the Port of Buffalo. 

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017