Customs agents seize ton of marijuana at Detroit facility

DETROIT — Federal agents seized more than a ton of marijuana in Detroit on July 21,officials with U.S. Customs and Border Protection said.

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In a news release on Tuesday, CBP said about 2,583 pounds of marijuana were discovered packed among pallets during an inspection of a tractor-trailer in Detroit’s Fort Street Cargo facility.

The truck entered Detroit from Canada via the Ambassador Bridge and was sent to the facility’s secondary inspection area, The Detroit News reported. The truck’s manifest listed the cargo as aluminum caps, the newspaper reported.

Agents used X-rays to determine that the cargo was not what was listed on the manifest, the CBP said in its release.

“While CBP Field Operations continues to facilitate lawful trade and travel, drug interdiction remains an enforcement priority,” 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 said it has experienced a surge in contraband since essential travel restrictions were put into place in March 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the News reported.

Vaccinated Americans will be allowed to cross into Canada for nonessential travel beginning Aug. 9, but nonessential travel from Canada into the U.S. remains banned until at least Aug. 21, the newspaper reported.