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More than 900 lbs. of marijuana seized at bridge

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Fri, Jan 22nd 2021 10:40 am

Earlier this week, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Lewiston Cargo Facility seized 936 pounds of marijuana in a commercial shipment.

CBP officers assigned to the Port of Buffalo at the Lewiston Bridge selected a commercial shipment that was manifested as phone accessories for further examination. The truck and trailer were sent for a nonintrusive examination that revealed anomalies in the trailer. A subsequent physical inspection of the shipment revealed multiple pallets with boxes that contained vacuum-sealed bags. CBP officers then performed a thorough inventory of the shipment that resulted in the seizure of 840 packages of marijuana. The contents of the vacuum-sealed bags field-tested positive for the properties of marijuana and have an estimated street value of $1.9 million.

“The enforcement efforts throughout our ports of entry remains high,” Acting Port Director Mark MacVittie said. “Our officers continue to disrupt criminal activity and are dedicated to keeping dangerous drugs from our communities.”

The Buffalo Field Office, which covers 16 ports of entry throughout New York, continues to add to the more than 1,600 drug seizures since travel restrictions were implemented last March.

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