The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) seized more than a ton of cannabis at a facility in Detroit, Michigan, last week.
On Wednesday, July 21, CBP referred an inbound tractor-trailer to the secondary inspection area at the Fort Street Cargo Facility for an in-depth inspection of the cargo.
The manifest listed the cargo as aluminum caps.
When an x-ray scan of the trailer revealed results inconsistent with the manifest, officers conducted a physical examination.
During the examination, officers discovered 2,583 pounds of cannabis packed among the pallets.
CBP seized the tractor-trailer and all of its cargo.
“While CBP Field Operations continues to facilitate lawful trade and travel, drug interdiction remains an enforcement priority,” said Port Director Devin Chamberlain. “The men and women of CBP continue to work to keep dangerous and unregulated substances from hitting the streets of the U.S.”
According to CBP, the Detroit Field office has experienced a surge in contraband following the implementation of essential travel restrictions in March 2020 at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Detroit Field Office covers all ports of entry in Michigan.
Another Shipment Intercepted
Earlier in the month, on Tuesday, July 13, CBP officers seized another shipment of11.45kilos of cannabis headed toward Michigan from British Columbia, Canada.
According to CBP, officers at an express consignment hub in Memphis, Tennessee,examined a package that paperwork described as photos and paper.
Upon examination of the package, officers discovered multiple pouches containing “an unknown substance resembling marijuana.”
Onsite CBP lab personnel tested the substance and confirmed that it was cannabis.
“Marijuana is legal for recreational use in the state of Michigan, purchased through state-licensed dispensaries,” says Area Port Director Michael Neipert. “You can have 10 ounces at home. Why are you buying over 11 kilos from Canada? What a waste of your allowance.”