U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Massena Port of Entry arrested a female who unlawfully possessed more than five pounds of marijuana.

On June 4, 2021 officers encountered a vehicle driven by the 45-year-old female. During the primary inspection, an officer noticed a odor emanating from the vehicle similar to marijuana. 

A secondary inspection then occurred where the driver declared ‘medicinal marijuana’ inside the vehicle. A subsequent vehicle search was conducted and officers discovered a cardboard box located in the rear of the vehicle that contained a large-garbage bag. 

A further search of the garbage bag revealed 10 one-gallon plastic bags that contained a green leafy substance. The contents of the plastic bags field-tested positive for the properties of marijuana. 

The drugs had an estimated street value of approximately $10,000.

The driver was taken into custody and subsequently processed by Customs officers. After processing, the narcotics and driver were turned over to the New York State Police. The suspect will face felony charges for criminal possession of cannabis in the second degree.