A 24-year-old Windsor, Ontario man accused of smuggling marijuana into the U.S. by scuba diving was arraigned this morning in Marine City’s 72nd District Court.
Jesse James Thomas Zunti is charged with one count of controlled substance, deliver/manufacture marijuana, a four year felony.
Zunti was first discovered by a citizen swimming in full scuba gear across the St. Clair River from Canada to Marine City early Monday morning. The citizen contacted St. Clair County Central Dispatch, who alerted members of the U.S. Border Patrol. Agents from the Border Patrol were able to apprehend Zunti after he exited the water in the Marine City area. The agents were then able to locate a watertight PVC pipe containing over eight pounds of marijuana tied to a seawall ladder. Zunti was turned over to the St. Clair County Drug Task Force, which accepted the case for prosecution.
Zunti is lodged in the St. Clair County Intervention and Detention Center. Bond was set at $100,000 cash/surety. His next court date is a preliminary exam scheduled for September 4th at 9:00 a.m. before Judge Michael Hulewicz in Marine City District Court.