Nearly 2 Tons of Marijuana Seized at the Port of Buffalo
BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Port of Buffalo seized 3,836 lbs. of marijuana in a commercial shipment.
On August 10, CBP officers assigned to the Peace Bridge selected a commercial shipment manifested as 7 skids of lighting, for further examination. Upon inspection of the shipment, 14 wooden pallet boxes were located. An internal inspection of the pallets revealed numerous cardboard boxes that had been filled with vacuum-sealed packages of marijuana. The marijuana was determined to be 3,836 lbs. with an estimated street value of more than $8 million dollars.
Port Director Jennifer De La O has been extremely proud of the work of the frontline CBP Officers in the Port of Buffalo. “These CBP Officers have remained vigilant and engaged as travel restrictions at the border continue”, said Port Director De La O. “They have never let their guard down and their discovery of another large marijuana seizure exemplifies their dedication to the CBP mission.”
This seizure adds to the steady increase in drug seizures within the Buffalo Field Office. From October 1, 2019 through August 10, 2020, ports within the Buffalo Field Office, which covers 16 ports of entry throughout New York State, have made over 1,500 narcotic seizures totaling more than 27,000 pounds.
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