CHAMPLAIN, N.Y. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers recently made two narcotics seizures resulting in arrests at the Champlain Port of Entry. Officers made separate seizures of 138.9 grams of ketamine and 4.6 kilos of methamphetamine.
“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 Port Director Paul Mongillo.“CBP officers are highly focused and committed to keeping our communities safe from dangerous contraband.”
On April 30, CBP officers encountered a vehicle driven by Remo Rinaldi, a 38-year old male Canadian citizen, who was referred for a secondary inspection. Officers discovered 138.9 grams of ketamine inside four bottles labeled as hand sanitizer during a search of Rinaldi’s vehicle.
“Officers noticed that the substance in the bottles was not consistent with normal hand sanitizer,” said Port Director Mongillo. “Subsequent testing revealed the substance in the bottles was actually ketamine.” The drugs were seized and the traveler arrested and turned over to New York State Police.
On May 3, CBP officers encountered Samuel Jeanty, a 21-year old male Canadian citizen traveling on a bus entering the U.S. at Champlain Port of Entry. Officers noted numerous inconsistencies with Jeanty’s itinerary during primary inspection, and referred him to secondary inspection. Three bottles of white liquid were discovered that tested positive as methamphetamine, weighing 4.6 kilos. The drugs were seized and Jeanty was arrested and turned over to the Clinton County Sheriff’s 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.