Canadian resident caught trying to bring 30 hockey bags containing a half-ton of weed into the U.S.

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A 27-year-old resident of Canada faces charges in the U.S. after a failed smuggling bid with a decidedly Canadian twist: transporting illicit cannabis inside hockey bags. Things took a serious turn on Jan. 10 when a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer working at the Peace Bridge Port of Entry in Buffalo, N.Y. noticed a commercial vehicle with Ontario licence plates in the truck-processing lane. The truck was manifested as hauling wax, notes a statement from the United States Attorney’s Office, Western District of New York . The male driver complied with the officer’s request to open the sleeper cab curtain, but he did so only partially. The officer again asked the man to open the curtain and step back so that he could see the entire sleeper cab. Would skunk trump funk? 471 pounds of weed found in hockey bags Border patrol intercepts weed worth US$8 million at Peace Bridge Peace Bridge vital port of entry for smuggling Canadian pot Inside, the officers saw that the cab was filled floor to ceiling with black bags, which the driver said belonged to a friend and that he was transporting to Buffalo. The vehicle was referred for X-ray inspection, with the scan of the tractor-trailer revealing “a large anomaly in the bunk area of the tractor,” the statement notes. A physical inspection of the cab, which emanated a smell consistent with cannabis, was carried out. Stacked wall-to-wall, the hockey bags inside contained 1,139 vacuum-sealed bags of a green leafy substance, suspected to be marijuana, weighing about 1,281 pounds (581 kg). Xiao Liu, 27, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with possessing with intent to distribute 100 kilograms or more of marijuana, and importation of marijuana into the U.S. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison,…

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