Customs and Border Protection officials have announced that they have seized more than 10 shipments of bulk mail from Canada that contained approximately 750 kilograms of marijuana.
The seizures started weeks ago when a tractor trailer carrying bulk mail was flagged for additional inspection at the Port Huron entry point in Michigan. A canine unit drew the attention of the border officials to specific packages in the trailer. Further inspection revealed concealed marijuana.
Other searches conducted during the subsequent weeks unearthed more cannabis destined for the U.S. and concealed in bulk mail packages. No arrests have so far been made over the seized cannabis. The affected trucks and their drivers (all of them Canadian) were released by the Customs and Border Protection agents.
The CBP statement on the matter revealed that this isn’t the first time that attempts are made to smuggle marijuana into the U.S. in bulk mail. They vowed to keep intercepting any marijuana consignments that people try to move across the border from Canada.
The seizures come when recreational marijuana is just days away from legalization in Canada. Investors in the Canadian cannabis industry are already under the threat of lifetime entry bans once the U.S. authorities discover their links to the cannabis industry.
It is still unclear how the legalization of adult use of marijuana up north will affect the volume of marijuana that people try to get into the U.S. where cannabis remains illegal federally. One can expect that as marijuana becomes more readily available in Canada, many more people who travel there may try to sneak it into the U.S. where it is still illegal in most states.
Non-citizens should be particularly careful about trying to carry marijuana into the U.S. because the Customs and Border Protection administration has confirmed that people could be handed lifetime entry bans once found to be consumers or investors in the cannabis industry.
Meanwhile, any illegal substances seized by the U.S. border authorities are kept until they are destroyed. The same fate awaits the 750 kg of cannabis intercepted at this Michigan entry point.
News of such seizures is welcome to companies like Marijuana Company of America (OTC: MCOA) and Medical Cannabis Payment Solutions (OTC: REFG) who jump through all sorts of hoops to meet the strict regulations where they operate while illegal operators distort the market with their unregulated products. Tighter border controls augur well for the legal cannabis industry.
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