US border agents seize more than 2,000 pounds of cannabis in shipment from Canada

| David Brown

US Customs and Border Protection Officers seized more than 2,000 pounds of cannabis coming in from Canada on Thursday. 

The cannabis was discovered at the Blue Water Bridge crossing that connects Sarnia, Ontario and Port Huron, Michigan.

US border officers discovered the cannabis hidden in a shipment carrying food items bound for Columbus, Ohio. After sending the shipment for additional examination, 15 wooden crates were discovered with more than 2,027 pounds of cannabis. 

US Customs and Border Protection Officers saw a significant increase in seized cannabis entering the northern border with Canada after the border was closed to most non-commercial traffic in March 2020. 

Canada re-opened its border to fully vaccinated Americans this past August, while the US did the same in November. Although seizures have continued since the border opened, the amount seized has so far been much lower than when the border was closed. 

In October of last year, more than 2,500 pounds of cannabis were discovered at the Port of Buffalo disguised as a shipment of bathroom vanities. 

In May 2021, US Customs officers seized 3,765 pounds (1,707.8 kg) of cannabis at the Portal Port of Entry between North Dakota and Saskatchewan.

In April, 2,796 pounds of cannabis (1,268 kg) hidden inside a shipment of straw at the Pembina crossing between Manitoba and North Dakota were seized.

In late March of last year, 61 kg of THC extract was seized at the US border crossing south of Winnipeg, and 1,300 pounds of cannabis was seized at a border crossing between Quebec and Vermont. Another several hundred kilograms were seized on March 26 at a border crossing between New York and Ontario.

On March 10, officers at the same crossing seized 300kg of cannabis hidden in a commercial shipment of plastic bottles.