Canadian man arrested after trying to smuggle 400 pounds of pot over the U.S. border
A Canadian man has been arrested after allegedly trying to smuggle more than 400 pounds of pot over the border in a garbage truck, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced Monday.
The 36-year-old man from Cambridge, Ont. was arrested on Friday morning after he drove the garbage truck over the Ambassador Bridge into Detroit, Mich.
According to CBP, officers noticed several odd shapes while the truck was being X-rayed. Those odd shapes turned out to be 15 large garbage bags containing 418 pounds of pot.
.@CBP Officers in #Detroit got more than they bargained for while inspecting a trash hauler entering from Canada. The Officers seize 418 pounds of marijuana hidden among the debris, keeping it off the streets and our #Community safe. pic.twitter.com/LlPdNaO2LU— Director of Field Operations Christopher Perry (@DFODetroit) June 22, 2020
The press release says that the Canadian man "faces prosecution for the possession and transportation of illegal drugs," although he's innocent until proven guilty.
While the possession of up to 30 grams of dried cannabis is legal in Canada, the possession of pot weighing more than one-and-a-half times the amount of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is not.
Plus, although recreational marijuana was legalized in Michigan for adults over the age of 21 in 2018, possession of the drug remains illegal under U.S. federal law.
"This seizure once again demonstrates the vigilance of CBP officers — even during these trying times," Devin Chamberlain, Detroit port director, said in a statement.
"I am proud of our officers and grateful for their attention to detail that ultimately prevented this illicit cargo from entering our country."
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