Marijuana seized at Blue Water Bridge

Marijuana seized at Blue Water Bridge (Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

1,650 Lbs. Of Mailed Pot Seized By Border Agents At Blue Water Bridge

October 02, 2018 - 4:44 pm
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PORT HURON (WWJ) - A series of drug busts at the Blue Water Bridge netted federal agents nearly a ton of marijuana.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection office says more than 1,650 lbs. of mailed weed was seized in the past five weeks during truck inspections at the bridge that connects Port Huron, Michigan, to Sarnia, Ontario.

"It is a very large seizure, especially for Port Huron," CBP spokesman Kris Grogan told WWJ's Sanda McNeill. "But, as we've seen in the past, smugglers are willing to try anything."

The first seizure took place on Aug. 28, when officers referred a tractor trailer carrying Canadian bulk mail for secondary inspection. A drug-sniffing dog then alerted agents to possible pot in multiple packages in the shipment. Searching the trailer, Grogan said agents found 14 concealed packages of marijuana weighing more than 300 lbs.

Marijuana seized at Blue Water Bridge
Marijuana seized at Blue Water Bridge (Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

Marijuana seized at Blue Water Bridge
Marijuana seized at Blue Water Bridge (Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

In the ten days that followed an effort by CPB agents, together with Homeland Security Investigations and the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office, intercepted an additional 63 concealed packages weighing over 1,300 lbs.

“This is outstanding work by the officers here in Port Huron,” said Michael Fox, Area Port Director, in a statement. “Using the mail system to ship illegal drugs is nothing new to CBP. We will continue to thwart all attempts to smuggle illegal drugs through the mail system.”

The drivers, who were all Canadian citizens, were released along with their trucks. 

The CPB said the marijuana seized will be destroyed at a later date.