Over 400 pounds of marijuana hidden in shipment of dehumidifiers seized in Cincinnati – WHIO TV 7 and WHIO Radio

CINCINNATI — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers discovered hundreds of pounds of marijuana concealed in a shipment of dehumidifiers last weekend.

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The shipment arrived in Cincinnati from Ontario, Canada on Saturday and was discovered by a K-9 narcotics detector, a U.S. Customs Agency spokesperson said in a news release on Tuesday.

The dog, named Bruno, alerted to a shipment of 12 dehumidifiers which prompted officers to inspect. Vacuum-sealed bags containing marijuana were found in each shipment and would later total 413 pounds of marijuana, the spokesperson said.

The estimated market value of the drug was valued at $1.10 million, the spokesperson said. The shipment of dehumidifiers was headed for a company based in Britain, the spokesperson said.

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“CBP enforces US laws and US laws have not changed even though marijuana is legal in Canada. Although medical and recreational marijuana is legal in Canada, the sale, possession, production and distribution of marijuana is illegal under US federal law,” the spokesperson said in the press release.

“Our canine teams are an invaluable asset to CBP’s enforcement strategy. These bans are a testament to the hard work, dedication and training these teams employ daily to protect America,” said LaFonda D. Sutton-Burke, Director of Field Operations for CBP-Chicago Field Office in the release.

Additional details were not available. We’ll update this story as we learn more.