U.S. customs officers arrest man after seizing about 3.5 kilograms of weed.
Combined, the bags weighed about 7.8 pounds (3.5 kg) and had an estimated street value of US$15,000 ($18,900).
CBP officers took the man into custody, processed him and then turned over both the drugs and the driver to the New York State Police, where he will be charged with the criminal possession of marijuana felony.
Noting that efforts by CBP officers will continue unabated, “our collaborative partnership with the New York State Police helped to remove these narcotics from the streets of our community,” Massena port director Bob Dwyer says in the statement.
The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) notes possession of more than one pound, but less than 10 pounds (about half a kilogram to 4.5 kg), of cannabis is a felony charge that can lead to seven years incarceration, a US$5,000 ($6,300) fine or both. Holding more than 10 pounds (4.5 kg) of weed is also a felony charge, but the potential associated incarceration time more than doubles and the fine triples.
Trafficking of any amount of cannabis is a felony punishable by a minimum of 15 years in prison to as long as 25 years, a US$100,000 ($126,000) fine or both.
New York state seems to be closing in on getting recreational cannabis legalized, despite a number of earlier attempts not panning out. Last week, though, NNY 360 reported that lawmakers had drawn closer to a deal on legalizing adult-use weed, perhaps as early as the end of the month.
“It is a matter of when, not if,” Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said during a recent press conference, according to NNY 360. “We are extremely close.”
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