NY man tries to bring marijuana across Peace Bridge, arrested

Posted by Sagar Satapathy on October 27, 2018.

U.S. Attorney James Kennedy informed that a downstate New York man has been arrested while he was trying to smuggle marijuana across the Peace Bridge into the United States.

The accused has been identified as David Dratch, 23, who is from Montgomery.
Officers arrested while he was entering the United States from Canada at the Peace Bridge Port of Entry on October 25.

After initially denying he had any drugs or prohibited items in his car, he was pulled over for secondary inspection, where a drug dog sniffed out the pot in the glove compartment, according to the Assistant U.S. Attorney Patricia Astorga.

The officers recovered the marijuana products along with a piece of paper naming a marijuana dispensary in Hamilton, Ont.

Dratch is now faces possession of a controlled substance, importation of a controlled substance, and smuggling goods into the United States. His charges carry a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

A U.S. magistrate judge released him after he was made an initial appearance before him.

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