Big bong bust: 2,412 glass pipes seized at NY-Canada border

ALEXANDRIA BAY, N.Y. — A plan to smuggle glass smoking pipes across the New York-Canada border went up in smoke earlier this month, customs officials said.

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents seized the drug paraphernalia on Oct. 4 at the Alexandria Bay Port of Entry in northern New York, according to a news release.

Customs agents inspected a commercial truck that contained shipments listed as “smoking glass ball water pipes," WWNY reported. Further inspection revealed eight pallets of “glass smoking pipes and an unlawful importation of drug paraphernalia,” the television station reported.

The entire shipment of drug paraphernalia had an approximate value of more than $156,000 and was seized on Oct. 14 for importation violations, according to customs officials.

“Keen awareness by our CBP officers led to the discovery of this contraband,” Assistant Port Director Trade Wendy Ruttan said in a CBP news release. “These officers take pride in continuing to prevent drug-related items from entering our community.”


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