LEWISTON, N.Y. (WIVB)–Customs and Border Protection officers at the Lewiston Bridge got more than they bargained for Monday, after examining a commercial shipment that was manifested as cardboard.

A canine search of the truck and trailer revealed vacuum-sealed bags within the pallets of cardboard and CBP officers found 973 packages of marijuana. Its estimated street value is over $2.1 million dollars.

“Port of Buffalo officers continue to remain vigilant and enforcement-focused through these unprecedented times,” said Acting Buffalo Port Director Gaetano Cordone. “Their efforts have again led to another impressive seizure, keeping dangerous narcotics out of our communities.” 

The Buffalo Field Office covers 16 ports of entry throughout New York State. Since March, its had more than 1,600 drug seizures.

Kelly Khatib is a digital reporter who has been part of the News 4 team since 2019. See more of her work here.