LEWISTON, N.Y. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Lewiston Bridge seized approximately 55 pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of just under $60,000 on January 13.
“This is an excellent seizure that demonstrates our officers’ dedication to enforcing the CBP mission and protecting the public from illegal narcotics,” said Acting Port Director Cary Frieling. “Their vigilance prevented these narcotics from entering our country and reaching our streets.”
Around 12 p.m., CBP officers encountered Miranda Ferron, a 33-year-old female Canadian citizen, applying for admission to the U.S. at the Lewiston Bridge. During primary inspection, inconsistencies were noticed by the officer. The subject stated she was traveling to purchase Powerball lottery tickets, and was referred for a secondary exam. A CBP canine team alerted to a foosball table in the back of Ferron’s vehicle. A search of the foosball table resulted in the discovery of vacuum-sealed bags. The contents of the bags tested positive for the properties of marijuana. A total of 50 bags weighing approximately 55 pounds were removed from the foosball table.
The marijuana was seized and Ferron was arrested and turned over to the New York State Police.
In fiscal year 2015, officers in the Buffalo Field Office made 387 narcotic seizures.
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.