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Garbage truck full of weed caught trying to sneak over Canada-U.S. border

It's been a whopping seven months since residents on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border have technically been prohibited from travelling between the two nations, with ground crossings strictly shut down back in March and just extended once again until at least Nov. 21. to prevent further spread of COVID-19.

Canadians have found, though, that they are still able to get into the U.S. hassle-free by air, and some Americans have found a loophole to do the same.

There has also been an exception to the border closure for essential workers who can travel back and forth for work if it is okayed by the federal government.

People in this category include necessary medical personnel and those transporting essential goods, including, potentially, waste collectors — which is exactly the cover one individual unsuccessfully used to try and smuggle a whole bunch of weed into the U.S. this week.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection busted the garbage truck full of more than 1,000 pounds of marijuana on the night of Oct. 18 at the Blue Water Bridge crossing between Sarnia, Ontario and Port Huron, Michigan.

The driver told border agents that they were delivering municipal garbage from Canada to a landfill in New Boston, Michigan, but was sent to a secondary examination where their "trash" was actually found to be millions of dollars worth of bud.

"Traffickers will use any means to attempt to transport illegal narcotics across our borders," said the port dirctor at the entrypoint in a news release yesterday. "Our officers are highly trained to spot inconsistencies, and I’m proud of their actions leading to such a significant seizure."

While the closure has put a damper on the recreational travel plans of many, it has also had some more serious impacts, disrupting distribution chains for certain products — including illegal narcotics, leading to an increase of drugs being cut with other toxic substances and opioid deaths.

Lead photo by

U.S. Customs and Border Protection


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