BUFFALO, N.Y. — So far this year, US Customs officers have seized more than $10 million in drugs from truckers based out of the GTA.
The staggering number was released after an Oshawa, Ont.-based trucker was jailed for hauling 125 kgs of marijuana across the border at Buffalo this week. The drugs were found amid a just-in-time delivery of aircraft parts, according to a report in today’s Toronto Sun. The driver was en route to New Jersey when he was inspected and arrested after a gamma-ray machine detected the dope.
So far this year, US Customs has been averaging arrests of two truckers per month and they blame the high rate on organized crime.
“We have seen an increase in the smuggling of marijuana in the last five years,” Kevin Corsaro, of US Customs and Border Protection, told the Toronto Sun. “We believe organized crime may be behind the smuggling.”
– With files from the Toronto Sun
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