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U.S. Border Patrol Agents Arrest New York Man on Marijuana Possession Allegations

Release Date: 
June 21, 2016

OGDENSBURG, N.Y. — Brett Thomas, 32, of Parish, N.Y., was charged on June 14 with marijuana possession allegations after U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Ogdensburg, N.Y., Station arrested Thomas near Waddington, NY., on June 9.

Thomas is being prosecuted by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York.

According to court documents, Border Patrol agents stopped Thomas’ vehicle on Route 37 south of Waddington. A Border Patrol narcotics detector dog alerted to the trunk of the vehicle. Agents searched the trunk and allegedly found 100 clear bags containing 1.1 pounds each of marijuana. Thomas was charged Tuesday with conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute less than 50 kilograms of marijuana.

Ogdensburg, N.Y., Border Patrol agents arrested Brett Thomas, 32, for marijuana possession on Route 37 near Waddington, N.Y., on June 9, 2016.
Ogdensburg, N.Y., Border Patrol agents arrested
Brett Thomas, 32, for marijuana possession on
Route 37 near Waddington, N.Y., on June 9, 2016.

The marijuana has a street value of approximately $440,000. Border Patrol agents seized the marijuana and the vehicle.

“Narcotics interdiction along our nation’s borders remains a priority enforcement mission for the U.S. Border Patrol, and it’s always rewarding when we see results of our efforts,” said Ogdensburg Station Patrol Agent in Charge ­­­­­­­Timothy Morgan. “Border Patrol agents continue to work with our state and local law enforcement partners to help keep our communities safe.”

Ogdensburg Station is in the Swanton Border Patrol Sector. Swanton Sector Border Patrol agents seized 502 pounds of marijuana during fiscal year 2015 (Oct. 1, 2014 – Sept. 30, 2015).

On a typical day during 2015, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) seized 9,435 pounds of drugs across the United States. View Typical Day 2015 to view this and other enforcement stats.

One objective of the U.S. Border Patrol’s Strategic Plan is to engage the public to assist us in securing America’s borders. Citizens are encouraged to report suspicious activity in the border area to the U.S. Border Patrol at 1-800-689-3362.

For more on CBP’s mission at our nation’s Ports of Entry with CBP officers, and along U.S. borders with Border Patrol agents, please visit the CBP’s Border Security website.

Criminal charges are merely allegations.  Defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017