U-Turn At Peace Bridge Leaves Group From Buffalo In Big Trouble
Not everyone had a wonderful Father's Day this year, in fact, one group of people might have wished they just stayed inside on Father's Day 2022.
According to a press release issued by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, a car traveled into the Port of Buffalo via the Peace Bridge on Buffalo's West Side on Sunday, June 19, 2022, and did a u-turn on the bridge, which required them to stop at a border inspection booth.
During the inspection that followed, the driver and passenger said they had gone to the duty-free shop that is in the travel plaza and did not intend to travel to Canada. People are generally not allowed to use the duty-free without exiting the country, so the group was directed to go for a secondary inspection.
During the follow-up inspection, CBP officers found a number of guns and illegal drugs in the vehicle the men were traveling in:
- a Springfield XD-9 semi-automatic handgun,
- which was reported stolen in 2019
- a Glock 43,
- and a high-capacity ammunition-drum with 47 bullets,
- approximately two pounds of marijuana,
- 80 tablets of the narcotic Nucynta,
- and more than $8,500 in U.S. currency.
Our officers continue to remain dedicated and vigilant, enforcement focused and committed to ensuring the safety of our community... I am proud of their efforts to remove these weapons and narcotics from our streets.
-Mark MacVittie, Acting Director of the Port of Buffalo
The four men, a 25-year-old male, a 35-year-old male, a 38-year-old male, and a 25-year-old male who was the driver, were taken into custody and turned over to the Buffalo Police Department. According to reports, one of the men claimed to be the owner of all of the illegal items that were found. The men all are due to be charged with a number of crimes.
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