BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Port of Entry seized narcotics, currency and two firearms that was encountered at the Peace Bridge.
On Sunday, CBP officers encountered a passenger vehicle occupied by a 25-year-old male, 35-year-old male, 38-year-old male and 25-year-old male operator. The vehicle had performed a U-turn on the Peace Bridge and then was required to enter primary inspection. During the primary inspection, the subjects were revealed to all be United States citizens and indicated they had purchased items from “Duty Free America” but had no intention of traveling to Canada.
During a further inspection of the travelers, a semi-automatic handgun, later revealed to be a Springfield XD-9, was discovered in the front waistband of one of the occupants of the vehicle. During the physical examination of the vehicle, a second firearm, revealed to be a Glock 43 along with a high-capacity ammunition-drum containing 47 rounds was also discovered. Additionally, CBP officers located approximately two pounds of marijuana, 80 tabs of the narcotic Nucynta, and more than $8,500 in U.S. currency. The Springfield XD-9 was determined to have been stolen in 2019.
“Our officers continue to remain dedicated and vigilant, enforcement focused and committed to ensuring the safety of our community,” said Acting Port Director Mark MacVittie. “I am proud of their efforts to remove these weapons and narcotics from our streets.”
The subjects were taken into custody and subsequently processed by CBP officers. After processing, the narcotics, firearms, and one male subject who claimed ownership of everything in question was turned over to the Buffalo Police Department to face weapons and narcotics charges.
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