LEWISTON, N.Y. (WIVB) — On Wednesday, U.S Customs and Border Protection Officers made two very large seizures at separate Canadian borders.
At the Lewiston Bridge, officers say they discovered around 55 pounds of marijuana hidden in a foosball table. The drugs had an estimated street value of $60,000.
Canadian citizen Miranda Ferron, 33, was applying for admission to the U.S. at the bridge when officers noticed inconsistencies in her story while she was inspected. Ferron told them she had been traveling to the U.S. to buy Powerball lottery tickets.
During a second exam, the marijuana was discovered in foosball table within her vehicle. The drugs were concealed within 50 vacuum sealed bags. Ferron was turned over to New York State Police.
“This is an excellent seizure that demonstrates our officers’ dedication to enforcing the CBP mission and protecting the public from illegal narcotics,” said Acting Port Director Cary Frieling. “Their vigilance prevented these narcotics from entering our country and reaching our streets.”
Separately, Border Protection Officers say they seized $2,900 in counterfeit U.S. $50 bills at the Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls.
Canadian resident Kenishia Brown, 33, had also indicated that she was traveling to the U.S. to buy Powerball tickets. Inconsistencies in her story led to further examination by authorities.
58 counterfeit dollar bills were then found in her pocket. Brown was turned over to the Niagara Falls Police Department.
“Our officer’s diligence played a critical role in preventing counterfeit currency from entering the commerce of the United States,” said Acting Port Director Cary Frieling. “This seizure is a testament to our officer’s dedication and daily support of CBP’s mission.”