BUFFALO, N.Y.—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced today the arrest of a Canadian citizen, lawful permanent resident of the United States.
On June 26, CBP officers encountered Peter Lelievre, a 58-year-old Canadian citizen from Niagara Falls, New York, as an applicant for admission into the United States at the Whirlpool Bridge border crossing, Niagara Falls, New York. Lelievre is a participant in the NEXUS alternative inspection program and utilized the NEXUS dedicated bridge to facilitate his crossing. A CBP canine officer was working at the Whirlpool Bridge at the time of Lelievre's crossing and alerted to his vehicle.
During the course of the inspection, CBP officers searched Lelievre shoes and a small bag of green leafy substance was discovered. When questioned if he had any more substance on his person Lelievre voluntarily removed a bag containing three small plastic containers from his groin area. All together 25.6 grams of green leafy substance was discovered that later field-tested positive for marijuana.
Lelievre was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and turned over to the Niagara Falls Police Department and charged with criminal possession of marijuana. Lelievre's NEXUS membership was immediately revoked.
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.