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Wed November 16, 2011
Video surveillance leads to drug smuggler arrest
COTTRELLVILLE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Federal authorities say they caught a suspected marijuana smuggler after a boat from Canada was spotted on video surveillance making a brief stop in Michigan.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a statement Wednesday that the bust was made Friday.
The agency says the boat was spotted entering U.S. waters on the St. Clair River and landed in St. Clair County's Cottrellville Township, about 40 miles northeast of Detroit. Border Patrol agents then spotted and stopped a van seen leaving the area.
Inside the van they found a hockey bag containing more than 33 pounds of marijuana. One arrest was made.
Federal authorities have video surveillance in operation along the St. Clair River to help monitor water traffic between Canada and the U.S.