US-Canada border has seen 1000 percent increase in drug smuggling since lockdown began
Coronavirus cases aren’t the only thing that’s spiked in the US since March. According to ABC News, US Customs and Border Protection has reported a 1,000 percent increase in drugs seized along the Canadian border since the pandemic began.
A CBP officer says the agency has seized nearly 40,000 pounds of marijuana valued between $100 million and $120 million since mid-March.
Kevin Kelly, who heads the Homeland Security Investigations field office in Buffalo, New York, told ABC News that the surge is largely due to the legalization of marijuana in Canada.
“Since March 16, we’ve seen a huge uptick in marijuana seizures at the ports of entry,” Mr Kelly said, adding that the groups smuggling drugs into the US through Canada are more “symbiotic” than those on the southern border.
“What you’re seeing is traditional organized crime, Asian organized crime, East Indian organized crime, outlaw motorcycle gangs — all …continued .
[Source: CNBC News]