Drugs found in shipments of Canadian bulk mail
PORT HURON, Mich— U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Blue Water Bridge in Port Huron seize more than 1650 pounds of marijuana during truck inspections over the past five weeks.
The first seizure took place on August 28th, when officers referred a tractor trailer carrying Canadian bulk mail for secondary inspection. The truck was escorted to the Centralized Examination Station where a CBP canine alerted on multiple packages in the shipment. A subsequent search of the trailer led to the discovery of 14 concealed packages of marijuana weighing more than 300lbs.
Based on raw data, developed targeting by CBP and a combined effort with Homeland Security Investigations and the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office, subsequent seizures were intercepted over the following ten days. The resulting inspections netted an additional 63 concealed packages weighing over 1300lbs.
“This is outstanding work by the officers here in Port Huron,” said Michael Fox, Area Port Director. “Using the mail system to ship illegal drugs is nothing new to CBP. We will continue to thwart all attempts to smuggle illegal drugs through the mail system.”
The marijuana seized by CBP will be destroyed at a later date. The drivers, who were all Canadian citizens, were released along with their trucks.
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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.