Article by Angela Stelmakowich, Growth Op
It wasn’t exactly the kitchen sink, but U.S. authorities at the Vermont-Quebec border discovered a whole lot more than expected in a shipment manifested as kitchen cabinets: 650 kilograms of cannabis worth an estimated $3.8 million.
On Dec. 28, officers assigned to the Highgate Springs Port of Entry — which connects St-Armand, Que. and Highgate Springs, Ver. — selected a shipment from Quebec for further examination, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
Their investigation revealed the hefty haul of “green leafy substance” and subsequent testing confirmed a positive test for marijuana, reports the CBP, which screens arriving international passengers and cargo for narcotics, weapons and other restricted or prohibited products.
Having an estimated street value of $3.8 million, “this event is the largest marijuana seizure by CBP officers in New England in recent years.”
Despite the ongoing travel restriction at the Canada-U.S. border, “we know that smuggling organizations will try to exploit perceived opportunities, but our officers continue to demonstrate their dedication to stopping illegal activity,” Eileen Bigelow, area port director for St. Albans, says in the statement.
Cannabis seizures in Vermont seem considerably less frequent than some of its state neighbours sharing a border with Canada.
This past August, border patrol agents seized 103 kg of weed and took one man into custody near the Canadian border in northern Vermont, according to VTDigger. And in September of 2019, CBP agents from Swanton, Ver. who were conducting immigration checks seized 113 kilograms of cannabis at a checkpoint on Interstate 87 in North Hudson, NY.