Newsbrief: Canadians Smuggling Marijuana in Garbage Exports to United States 10/3/03

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More garbage news. Another smuggling scheme went down the tubes last week when US Customs inspectors in Port Huron, Michigan, found a ton of Canadian weed hidden in a shipment of Toronto garbage destined for a Michigan landfill. The contraband was concealed behind trash, but revealed after a gamma-ray scanner showed anomalies in the cargo, according to Customs spokesperson. The driver, a 37-year-old Indian national, was arrested.

The garbage truck bust has been latched upon by foes of Canadian garbage imports, the Toronto Globe & Mail reported, citing one garbage import opponent, Michigan State Representative Kathleen Law, who pronounced herself shocked that such an amount of pot was found "in just one truck." Law saw a lesson in the discovery. "This just underscores that trash from Canada leaves us open to this kind of illegal activity. We must pass legislation and we must regulate the bridge. It's just out of control. This is scary."

[Ed: A more thoughtful conclusion from the amount found in "just one truck" would be the futility of interdiction -- other drugs are even more compact.]

Last week's was actually the second garbage truck bust on the Michigan-Ontario border. In April, three people were arrested when Customs inspectors found 50 pounds of marijuana in a Canadian truck headed for the Wayne County dump.

Read this issue's first garbage-related story above this one or at http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/305/garbage2.shtml.

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