U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents in Montana say that they recently discovered nearly seventy pounds of drugs hidden in a Canadian truck driver’s shipment of produce.
The drug seizure occurred on Thursday, July 29, at the Sweetgrass Port of Entry in Sweetgrass, Montana.
CBP says that officers stopped a “female Canadian citizen” who was driving a truck loaded with watermelons and peppers on the way into Canada.
The truck was referred for a closer inspection.
During the inspection, CBP discovered bags of a substance that tested positive for cocaine hidden within the watermelon and pepper shipment.
“Utilizing high-tech tools, our frontline CBP Officers used a combination of their training and experience to detect and seize 69.5 pounds of cocaine in the cargo environment,” said Area Port Director Jason Greene, Sweetgrass Port of Entry. “The ability to facilitate lawful trade and travel while sustaining a focus on enforcement, is critical to our border security mission.”
After seizing the cocaine, the case was handed over to the United States Attorney’s Office for prosecution.