Sault Ste Marie, Mich. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced the recent seizure of anabolic steroids at the International Bridge border crossing and the arrest of a professional Canadian Football League linebacker.
On May 31, CBP officers encountered Jordan Kyle Matechuk, a 25-year-old Canadian citizen and linebacker for the Canadian Football League Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Matechuk presented a Canadian driver's license as proof of identification and advised the CBP officer that he was in-transit to Hamilton, Ontario from Alberta, Canada. Matechuk was selected for a secondary enforcement exam.
While conducting the secondary inspection, CBP officers discovered a pill bottle containing a small amount of a green leafy substance. Continuing their search, officers discovered a small box containing pills and a shaving kit containing vials of liquid steroids. During a pat-down exam, a small amount of marijuana and another two vials of liquid steroids were discovered. The green leafy substance field tested positive as marijuana while the pills and vials of liquid tested positive as steroids.
"Anabolic steroids are a Schedule III controlled substance," said Devin Chamberlain, Port Director at the Sault Ste Marie port of entry. "It is illegal to be in possession of such without a prescription."
CBP officers seized a total of 543 anabolic steroid pills, 262 milliliters of anabolic steroids in liquid form, 1.25 grams of marijuana, 19 syringes, and 51 replacement needles. Matechuk was arrested and turned over to the Sault Ste Marie Police Department.
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.