Truck driver released after US border officers find drugs in trailer
U.S. border officers seized a reported $6 million worth of marijuana from a tractor-trailer hauling cement from Canada, authorities said Friday.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers reportedly discovered the marijuana in the trailer during an inspection after the truck attempted to enter the U.S. via the Peace Bridge in Buffalo, New York.
The 45-year-old Canadian truck driver told officers that he believed he was hauling cement, the CBP said. Instead, the officers found 12 wooden palates containing vacuum-sealed pouches of what was identified as nearly 3,000 pounds of marijuana.
The trucker was denied entry into the U.S but allowed to return to Canada pending an investigation, the CBP said.
The incident marked the fourth major marijuana seizure involving a Canadian truck coming via the Peace Bridge since June. It also came amid a surge of drug seizures by U.S. authorities since the U.S.-Canada border closed for nonessential travel because of COVID-19 in March.