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Ogdensburg, N.Y. – U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a U.S. citizen involved in transporting approximately 33 pounds of marijuana near Ogdensburg on Saturday, March 25. In a separate incident, Border Patrol agents seized 58 pounds of marijuana on Thursday, March 21. 

Approximately 33 pounds of marijuana seized by Border Patrol
U.S. Border Patrol agents discovered 33 pounds of
marijuana on Saturday

On Saturday, March 25, U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to Ogdensburg Border Patrol Station observed a suspicious vehicle traveling west on State Highway 37.  The vehicle pulled into a gas station in Ogdensburg and the driver began pumping gas into the vehicle.  Agents approached the driver to speak to him and noticed a large duffle bag in the back of the vehicle.  When agents asked the driver what was in the bag, he denied knowing that there was a duffle bag in the vehicle.  A Border Patrol K9 team alerted to the vehicle, indicating the presence of drugs.  Agents discovered approximately 33 pounds of marijuana hidden in a large duffle bag.

“This is the second significant seizure of marijuana made by Ogdensburg Border Patrol agents over the last four days,” said Swanton Sector Acting Chief Patrol Agent William Maddocks.  “These two events demonstrate the need to stay vigilant to stop illegal activity near our border.”

The driver was taken into custody and transported to the Ogdensburg Station for further processing. After initial processing by the U.S. Border Patrol, the individual and marijuana was turned over to the New York State Police.  He faces felony charges of Criminal Possession of Marijuana 1st degree. 

The Swanton Sector is responsible for securing the land border between ports of entry in Vermont, New Hampshire and northeastern New York. The coordination with assistance of citizens is invaluable to the Border Patrol's border security mission and we welcome community members' help to keep our nation’s borders safe. Please report suspicious activity at 1-800-689-3362.

For more on Customs and Border Protection’s mission at our nation’s ports of entry with CBP officers and along U.S. borders with Border Patrol agents, please visit the Border Security section of the CBP website.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.