U.S. Customs agents seize ‘furniture’ truck laden with pot
September 9, 2020 | 5:29 pm CDT

PORT HURON, Mich. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents seized more than half a ton of marijuana from a commercial truck Aug. 17 after it crossed over the Blue Water Bridge from Sarnia, Ontario, into Port Huron, Mich.

The truck’s manifest listed office furniture destined to various locations in Michigan. Upon conducting a search of the truck, however, the CBP officers uncovered 1,114 pounds of marijuana in vacuum sealed packages concealed in cardboard boxes loaded on wooden pallets in the truck.

“Even during a pandemic, traffickers continue to attempt to exploit our borders and will stop at nothing to try and introduce illicit drugs into our communities,” said Port Director Michael Fox, who oversees operations at the Port Huron Area Port of Entry.

The Detroit Field Office, which covers all ports of entry throughout Michigan reports that it has seen a significant increase in narcotics seized since essential travel restrictions were enacted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since March, CBP Field Operations has seized over 4,400 pounds of marijuana at ports of entry across the state.

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