In one of the largest marijuana busts on the Philadelphia port, a 279 kg shipment has been seized by agents with U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP).
The $2.5 million worth of marijuana was discovered on a shipping container arriving from Puerto Rico. Customs agents reportedly found 252 bricks of marijuana inside the container, which was bound for New Jersey.
Casey Durst, the director of field operations for CBP in Baltimore, said that such seizures do not usually happen in the Area Port of Philadelphia. He added that this would act as a perfect example of the CBP’s dedication towards keeping people safe from illegal drugs.
The shipment was marked suspicious, courtesy of high-tech X-ray scanners that reported the density of the cargo in the container to be inconsistent with what would be expected for the reported contents.
A sniffer dog was then brought to action, who confirmed the presence of some ‘leafy drugs’ hidden beneath the floor of the container. The officers then tested the sample and found it to be positive for marijuana.
For further investigation, the illegal cannabis shipment has been sent over to the Department of Homeland Security. The confiscated items, though, will be destroyed.
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) seizes an average of 2,100 kg of narcotics every day in the United States. On February 28, the agency had seized a consignment containing 1,450 kg of cocaine, worth $77 million from a shipping container at the Port of New York and New Jersey in Newark.
Notably, Pennsylvania is one of the 33 states in the US to have legalized the drug for medicinal use. The state seems to be in love with recreational marijuana as well, as Governor Tom Wolf has, since late January, received over 21,000 messages supporting the legalization of adult-use cannabis under the state law.