Federal agents in Detroit seize around 2,583 pounds of cannabis on July 21, reported by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials. In a news release, Customs and Border Protection revealed that copious amounts of marijuana were discovered along with many cannabis packaging bags among pallets during the inspection of a tractor-trailer in Detroit’s Fort Street Cargo facility. The truck arrived from Canada via the Ambassador Bridge and was ushered to the facility’s secondary inspection area, according to The Detroit News. The truck’s manifest listed the cargo as aluminum caps.
Agents used X-rays to determine that the contents of the cargo weren’t consistent with what was listed on the manifest. Port Director Devin Chamberlain said in a statement,” The men and women of CBP continue to work to keep dangerous and unregulated substances from hitting the streets of the U.S.” The Detroit Field Office revealed that they’ve experienced a surge in contraband since essential travel restrictions were put into place in March 2020 because of the Covid-19 pandemic. While vaccinated Americans can cross into Canada for non-essential travel on August 9, non-essential travel from Canada to the U.S. will remain banned until August 21.
U.S. officials have given no further information on when the ban will be lifted. The Detroit facility wasn’t the only place agents discovered drugs; on July 13, U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported that a consignment hub in Memphis Tennessee analyzed a package described by the shipper as “Photos and Paper.” The shipment, sent from British Columbia, Canada, to as residence 25 miles north of Detroit; was found to contain 25 pounds of marijuana. Area Port Director Michael Neipert said, “Marijuana is legal for recreational use in the state of Michigan, purchased through state-licensed dispensaries. You can have 10 ounces at home. Why are you buying over 11 kilos from Canada? What a waste of your allowance.”
Even though marijuana is legal in certain areas, in this case, Michigan, people are still willing to take a penitentiary chance for the cannabis they like.