Buffalo, New York - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers working at the Peace Bridge discovered approximately 44 pounds of alleged marijuana from three separate commercial shipments all destined to the same location.

CBP officers working at the Peace Bridge warehouse selected three separate commercial shipments totaling four boxes for inspection.  Upon opening the boxes, CBP officers discovered 40 clear wrapped bundles containing what appeared to be marijuana.  The contents of the bags field-tested positive for the properties of marijuana and weighed just over 44 pounds.

In addition to this seizure, as well as the seizure of 78 pounds of marijuana on August 22, officers at the Peace Bridge commercial warehouse have seized a total of 11 shipments containing just over 145 pounds of marijuana worth approximately $145,000.

“Our officers have stopped a significant amount of drugs from reaching their intended destination,” said Buffalo Port Director Cary Frieling. “CBP officers are America’s first line of defense against smugglers and criminals and work tirelessly to defend our borders and enforce the laws of the United States.”

In fiscal year 2017, officers in the Buffalo Field Office made 640 narcotic seizures - a 6 percent increase from fiscal year 2016.

CBP Field Operations is responsible for securing our borders at the ports of entry. U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers’ primary mission is anti-terrorism; they screen all people, vehicles, and goods entering the U.S., while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel into and out of the U.S.  Their mission also includes carrying out traditional border-related responsibilities, including narcotics interdiction, enforcing immigration law, protecting the nation’s food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases, and enforcing trade laws.