PORT HURON (WWJ) – Two men are behind bars after they allegedly tried to sneak more than 123 kilograms, or about 271 lbs., of cocaine over the Blue Water Bridge in a pickup truck.
According to officials with the Canada Border Services Agency, a detector dog sniffed out the drugs. After further investigation, the truck was found to contain 105 packages of suspected cocaine.
The suspects were turned over to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. They face multiple charges in Canada, including importation of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking.
Authorities said the suspects are residents of Stoney Creek, Ontario. Their names were not immediately released.
“The illicit drug trade poses a serious threat to the safety and security of our communities,” said Inspector Todd Gilmore, acting District Commander, RCMP Southwestern Ontario, in a statement. ” We will continue to diligently work with our partners to stop these drugs from entering our communities and bring those responsible before justice.”
Both men remained in custody Tuesday and were scheduled to appear for a bail hearing at the Sarnia Courthouse on Friday.
The Blue Water Bridge is a twin-span international bridge across the St. Clair River that links Port Huron and Sarnia, Ontario, Canada.
Anyone with information about suspicious cross-border activity in the area is urged to contact the CBSA Border Watch Toll-free Line at 1-888-502-9060.