Nearly 40,000 pounds of marijuana have been seized by the government.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Wednesday it has seen a 1,000% spike in drugs seized along the northern border this year.
The agency seized nearly 40,000 pounds of marijuana across 16 ports of entry worth between $100 million and $120 million, according to Aaron Bowker, supervisory CBP officer and public affairs liaison.
In 2019, the ports of entry in the Buffalo division had 1,017 seizures totaling more than 3,440 pounds of narcotics. This year, the Buffalo division had the largest number of seizures on the northern border, followed by the Detroit division.
HSI is the investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security.
“Since March 16, we’ve seen a huge uptick in marijuana seizures at the ports of entry,” Kelly said.
There is a lot of money to be made on the black market and, according to Kelly, there are multiple actors carrying out the smuggling.