(LEWISTON, NY) – On August 3, US Customs and Border Protection Officers encountered John Morgan, a US citizen attempting to cross the border with 237 grams of marijuana. Morgan was referred to secondary inspection at the bridge after the primary officer detected a slight odour of marijuana.
A CBP Canine Enforcement Officer and Kay, a canine, conducted a free air sniff of the vehicle. Kay was immediately alerted to the suspect’s cooler. Upon searching the cooler, the canine officer discovered a vacuumed sealed package containing a green leafy substance that was hidden under ice and water bottles.
The substance tested positive for the presence of marijuana.
Morgan admitted that the marijuana belonged to him, and that the person traveling with him was unaware of the narcotics hidden in the cooler.
New York State police arrived at the bridge quickly and took custody of the suspect and the narcotics.
“Although not a large drug seizure, this case highlights the detection capabilities of our highly trained professionals and is another example of CBPs cooperation with federal, state, and local partners,” said Acting Port Director Mark MacVittie.