BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of Buffalo seized more than one ton of marijuana valued at roughly $5 million concealed in a recent cargo shipment.
A truck and trailer inspected Wednesday at the Peace Bridge purported to be carrying only bathroom vanities, but investigators discovered 2,302 vacuum-sealed packages containing a total of 2,554 pounds of marijuana concealed within the pallet-shipment boxes, the agency stated in a news release.
“Criminal organizations continue to attempt to exploit the border for their personal gain; however, the skills, training and dedication of our officers have once again halted their plan,” Acting Buffalo Port Director John Madsen stated.
Homeland Security Investigations has taken control of the inquiry.
“HSI is committed with CBP to disrupt the flow of illegal drugs smuggled into the United States. Through the HSI Border Enforcement Security Task Force, HSI will continue to investigate these significant seizures, with our Canadian law enforcement partners, to combat the transnational criminal networks that threaten our international region,” Matthew Scarpino, acting special agent in charge of HSI Buffalo, stated.