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U.S. Customs: Marijuana, ammunition seizures up in Michigan

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Detroit marijuana seizure

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents seized over 2,500 pounds of marijuana in Detroit.

DETROIT (AP) — Seizures of marijuana and ammunition at Michigan’s border with Canada have increased over the past year or so despite travel restrictions between the U.S. and Canada due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Detroit Field Office for U.S. Customs and Border Protection says Thursday that marijuana confiscated last year was up nearly 2,800% from fiscal year 2019.

Fiscal year 2021 enforcement statistics show more than 14,000 pounds of marijuana, 240 pounds of cocaine, more than 25 pounds of methamphetamine and nearly three pounds of fentanyl were seized at ports of entry into Michigan.

Agents seized 181 firearms and 40,000 rounds of ammunition at border crossings, which represent a 650% increase compared to 2020. They also seized $5.6 million worth of undeclared currency, which is 30% higher than the previous year.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection made 181 arrests in 2021 for smuggling firearms, weapons violations, human trafficking, fraud and other crimes.

The Detroit Field Office's responsibilities include the Ambassador Bridge and Detroit Windsor Tunnel in Detroit and the Blue Water Bridge in Port Huron.

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