Trucker arrested in record drug bust

by Today's Trucking

BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. officers have arrested a truck driver working in Canada following the seizure of marijuana worth more than US$20 million from a tractor trailer at the Peace Bridge Cargo Facility in Buffalo, N.Y.

The 9,472 pounds of marijuana was discovered last Thursday within a commercial shipment manifested as storage containers, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said Monday.

CBP Buffalo
The Peace Bridge Cargo Facility in Buffalo, N.Y. Photo: CBP

“This is the largest narcotics seizure recorded on the northern border and ranks 23rd in the United States, for a period covering the last 5 years,” the agency said.

CBP identified the driver as a 26-year-old citizen of India with permanent Canadian residency status, but his name was not revealed.

It said the driver presented a manifest indicating the trailer contained storage bins.

“During a non-intrusive inspection scan of the commercial truck, CBP officers noticed anomalies within the storage bins, performed a tailgate exam and discovered vacuumed sealed packages with what appeared to be marijuana.”

A complete physical exam revealed 55 wooden pallet boxes that contained vacuum sealed packages of marijuana, it said.

Photo: CBP

“This was an excellent job by our officers from start to finish,” said port director Jennifer De La O.

“From recognizing a shipment that needed further screening, to the identification of the anomaly during the secondary scan, to the coordination with our partners at Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) our officers are committed to intercepting these illicit drugs from being smuggled in.”

The driver has been charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana in the U.S.

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  • Yet one black eye for the trucking industry done by someone who should never given a driver’s license. So people who do things the right way end up paying for this so call driver. In the 42 years of driving a truck all I have seen is drivers who had respect to drivers who are so scary that I tell everyone to stay clear of them cause it got so bad. If you go to talk to these people they act like they can’t understand English language.

  • Hopefully this guy and his cohorts go to jail and stay there or are deported. It is so disappointing to constantly see courts convict but later release these so-called innocent mules released. Their sponsors pay them big money to keep mum and act like they had no idea.