Article by Emma Spears, Growth Op
A Canadian truck driver is carrying a much lighter load, albeit a heavy legal burden, after he was busted trying to smuggle over 1,000lbs of cannabis to Illinois.
The massive stash was discovered by U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Sunday, Windsorite reports. According to officials, the driver arrived at the Fort Street Cargo Facility in Detroit, MI, and provided authorities with a manifest for metal wire that was set to be delivered to a distributor in Chicago.
The shipment sparked the suspicion of customs officials, who immediately flagged the cargo for further inspections.
A search of the truck yielded five large wooden crates. A crate was opened, revealing vacuum-sealed bags full of dried cannabis flower weighing in at a total of 1,032 lbs.
“Upon entry, CBP officers became suspicious and referred the shipment for additional inspection,” read a statement from the agency. “Officers opened the first of the five wooden crates and discovered it to be loaded with vacuum-sealed packages each containing marijuana.”