DETROIT (WXYZ) — On Aug. 23, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations Officers at the Fort Street Cargo Facility encountered a commercial truck operated by a Canadian citizen.
Official say the driver presented a manifest for steel wire destined to a distribution center in Chicago. Upon examination of the truck, CBP officers discovered over 1,031 pounds of marijuana concealed in five wooden crates.
#BorderSecurity Another 1,000lbs of #marijuana seized by @CBP in #Michigan for a second straight week! This time smugglers attempted to smuggle this load via the Ambassador Bridge, after manifesting it as steel wire. Read more: https://t.co/lzfzu7Szbc pic.twitter.com/LVgqUbgfBd— CBP Great Lakes (@CBPGreatLakes) August 24, 2020
Upon entry, CBP officers became suspicious and referred the shipment for additional inspection. Officers opened the first of the five wooden crates and discovered it to be loaded with vacuum sealed packages each containing marijuana.
“The Port of Detroit is proud to have prevented the exploitation of our borders and the introduction of illicit drugs into our communities”, said Detroit Port Director Devin Chamberlain. “I am equally proud of our CBP Officers and Agriculture Specialists who remain vigilant in their efforts to protect the American people every day.”
The Detroit Field Office, which covers all ports of entry throughout Michigan, continues to see an increase in narcotics seized at our ports of entry. Since March, CBP Field Operations has seized over 5,500 pounds of marijuana at ports of entry across the state.
CBP encourages anyone with information about suspicious border activity to contact us at 1-800-BE-ALERT or (800) 232-5378.