Pot from here seized by the ton in New York

New York State border agents are buried like never before in “made in Canada” cannabis, having intercepted US$120 million worth of the drug in the past year.

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“The amounts of marijuana seized in the territory of our Buffalo detachment are up more than 1000% over the previous year. It’s major”, explained to the Journal Supervising Officer Aaron Bowker, of the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) office based in Buffalo.

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On August 6, customs officers at the port of Buffalo discovered 250 kg of cannabis hidden in crates.

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On August 6, customs officers at the port of Buffalo discovered 250 kg of cannabis hidden in crates.

This is one of the side effects of the legalization of cannabis that has been in effect for two years now in Canada and that Le Journal addresses in a series of articles published today.

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More than 1730 kg of cannabis worth more than US$8 million intercepted at the port of Buffalo on August 10 in a shipment of lamps.

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More than 1730 kg of cannabis worth more than US$8 million intercepted at the port of Buffalo on August 10 in a shipment of lamps.

Between the fall of 2018 and 2019, the agents in charge of controlling this part of the border separating New York State from Quebec and Ontario confiscated 3442 kg of marijuana in the ports and border crossings for which they are responsible, including that of Champlain, the American neighbor of our customs in Lacolle.

But for a year, they have seized… 40,333 kg.

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At the port of Detroit, customs officers confiscated these 467 kg of cannabis on August 23.

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At the port of Detroit, customs officers confiscated these 467 kg of cannabis on August 23.

Despite the pandemic

“Our seizures were expected to increase in the first year following legalization in Canada. But not the second and never to this point. It opened our eyes to what organized crime is willing to do to reap profits,” added the agent.

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RCMP seized the $1 million helicopter in Quebec in late August during a series of raids on an Ontario smuggling ring that was flying pot into New York state .

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RCMP seized the $1 million helicopter in Quebec in late August during a series of raids on an Ontario smuggling ring that was flying pot into New York state .

Smugglers, who have lost at least 30% of their sales to the legal market in Canada, have flooded the American Northeast even though the border has been closed to non-essential travel for seven months due to the pandemic.

They mostly use truckers to conceal cannabis among legitimate commercial goods they transport to the United States, according to the US customs agency.

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A ton of Canadian cannabis was found by customs officers in Buffalo in a shipment of zinc oxide from Ontario on August 30.

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A ton of Canadian cannabis was found by customs officers in Buffalo in a shipment of zinc oxide from Ontario on August 30.

Since this spring, his sleuths have found quantities varying between 250 kg and four tons of pot hidden in loads of peat, steel cables or chemicals.

“We can see with this increase that the restrictions in place at the border will not stop criminal organizations,” said Rose Brophy, director of operations at the CBP detachment in Buffalo.

Price increase

The value of the 40,000 kg of marijuana that his agents seized exceeds US$120 million.

“This is so much money that these organizations are deprived of and that they will not be able to reinvest,” she added.

The value of marijuana here has soared 50% in New York State over the past 10 years and now trades between $3,500 and $4,000 US per pound, according to Aaron Bowker.

Related offenses cannabis in 2019

1320 police-sanctioned offenses under the new Cannabis Act in Quebec

550 offenses for possession of illegally obtained dried cannabis

259 illicit cultivation of cannabis charges

1399 people arrested for driving while impaired by drugs

23 for sale of cannabis to a minor

133 for sale of cannabis to an adult

118 for possession of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking

1209 seizures of illegal cannabis by the police officers of the Accès Cannabis program in Quebec for two years, for a quantity totaling 8505 kilos.

Source: Quebec Ministry of Public Security

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