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More than 9k pounds of marijuana, 203 firearms seized at ports of entry in Michigan

Posted at 6:37 PM, Oct 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-27 18:37:10-04

(WXYZ) — There was a 1,736 percent increase in seized marijuana and 227 percent increase in seized firearms at multiple ports of entry throughout Michigan, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said.

Ports of entry include the Ambassador Bridge and Detroit Windsor Tunnel, the Blue Water Bridge in Port Huron, the International Bridge in Sault Ste. Marie, and Detroit Metropolitan Airport.

Drug enforcement operations at Michigan’s five ports of entry netted the following totals: 9,059 pounds of marijuana; 211 pounds of cocaine, more than 1.5 pounds of methamphetamines; and a little more than 15 pounds of fentanyl.

A total of 203 firearms were seized – a 227 percent increase from last year – along with 5,334 rounds of ammunition.

The amount of undeclared currency seized totaled $4.6 million dollars.

A total of 225 individuals were arrested in Fiscal Year 2020 for reasons including: narcotics smuggling, human smuggling, firearms violations, and fraud.

Additionally, agricultural specialists intercepted 2,010 pests.

“This past year the men and women of CBP worked through some of the most adverse conditions that we have ever asked them to work through especially here in Detroit,” said Christopher Perry, Director of Field Operations for CBP in Detroit. “I am simply amazed at how our officers steadfastly enforced the laws of the United States, while fostering our nation’s economic security through lawful international trade and travel during the greatest pandemic my generation has seen.”