Detroit (CBS Detroit/AFP) – Marijuana and ammunition seizures have increased on Michigan’s border with Canada over the past year or so despite travel restrictions between the United States and Canada due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The agency said Thursday that marijuana seizures last year by US Customs and Border Protection employees assigned to the Detroit field office are up nearly 2,800% from fiscal year 2019.
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More than 14,000 pounds of marijuana, 240 pounds of cocaine, more than 25 pounds of methamphetamine and nearly three pounds of fentanyl have been seized at various ports for entry into Michigan, according to fiscal year 2021 enforcement statistics.
About 2,583 pounds (1,171 kg) of pot was found in July packed among pallets while checking a tractor trailer at the Fort Street Cargo Facility southwest of downtown Detroit.
The Detroit field office is responsible for the Ambassador Bridge and Detroit-Windsor Tunnel in Detroit, the Blue Water Bridge in Port Huron, and the International Bridge in Sault Ste. Marie in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and Detroit Metropolitan Airport.
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The agency also said that 40,000 rounds of ammunition seized last year increased by nearly 650% compared to fiscal year 2020. More than 180 firearms and $5.6 million in undisclosed currency were also seized, the agency said.
More than 180 people have been arrested for drug and human trafficking, firearms violations, fraud and other violations, the agency added.
The United States in November began allowing vaccinated people to enter the country by road for non-essential travel, easing restrictions imposed during the coronavirus pandemic.
In August, Canada lifted its ban on Americans crossing the border to shop, vacation or visit.
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