Drugs in the mail keep U.S. border officials busy

The U.S. agency revealed more than 170 seizures of small amounts of illegal drugs were made since Aug. 1 from Canadian mail trucks entering Michigan over the Blue Water Bridge.

They included 28 seizures of fentanyl totalling 34.97 grams and two seizures of marijuana seeds totalling 12.83 grams, as well as a large number of seizures of small amounts of LSD, ecstasy and other controlled substances, the agency said in a news release.

“Sending drugs through the mail is not a good idea,” said Chief Ken Hammond of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Detroit field office. “We’re going to find it.”

The drugs, along with other contraband, were found during inspections at a centralized examination station in Marysville, Mich., of shipments from mail trucks crossing from Canada on the bridge connecting Port Huron, Mich., with Sarnia’s next-door neighbour, Point Edward.

“We do normal operations to scan the mail that’s coming from Canada,” Hammond said.

That includes using canine teams, X-ray machines and other methods of detecting drugs and contraband, he said.

“We’ve been pretty successful in getting those small drug hits from these mail shipments coming from Canada,” Hammond said. “Sending drugs through the mail is not a good idea


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