PORT HURON, Mich. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations at the Blue Water Bridge arrest Canadian citizen in possession of more than 280lbs of cocaine.
The seizure took place on October 21st, when members of the CBP Port Huron Anti-Terrorism and Contraband Enforcement Team were conducting routine outbound inspections on the Blue Water Bridge.
While conducting operations Officers selected a commercial truck shipment of berries destined to Canada for an enforcement exam. During the inspection and subsequent interview, approximately four boxes containing plastic wrapped packages of suspected narcotics where found. Officers conducted a field test on the substance, which tested positive for the properties of cocaine.
“This arrest demonstrates the continued effort by our officers, their dedication to our border security mission and the focus on the export of illicit narcotics” said Port Director Michael Fox.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Michigan has accepted prosecution for the case. The Canadian subject arrested has been turned over to Homeland Security Investigations and made his initial appearance in federal court earlier today. The St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office is also participating as part of the Border Enforcement Security Team. All defendants in criminal proceedings are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
What Is The U.S. Customs and Border Protection?
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation’s borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.