Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau invokes emergency powers due to protests on Ambassador Bridge
At the Blue Water Bridge connecting Port Huron and Sarnia, truckers have been waiting for two hours to cross into Michigan for much of Monday (Feb.14).Protesters gathered there Saturday after a week that saw traffic at the bridge double because of the Ambassador Bridge closure.
Live Updates: Day 5 of US-Canada border trucker blockade; Ontario declares emergency
As demonstrations by truck drivers protesting Canada’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate stretch into its fifth day, wreaking havoc at the US-Canada border, Windsor officials are hoping a court gives them the power to physically remove protestors.
Live Updates: Day 4 of trucker protests at US-Canada border; Michigan Gov. calls for end
As demonstrations by truck drivers protesting Canada’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate stretches into its fourth day, it’s disrupting Michigan’s economy, including the automotive industry, manufacturing, agriculture and more, according to the governor.
Auto plants pause production as Ambassador Bridge blockade continues
A protest blocking the busiest trade route between Michigan and Canada is disrupting production for Detroit’s big three automakers. Canadian truckers demonstrating against COVID-19 vaccine mandates have been obstructing traffic on the Ambassador Bridge since Monday. Related: Canadian trucker protest at Ambassador Bridge threatens fragile supply chainFord Motor Company reported plants in Oakville and Windsor, Ontario are running at reduced capacity Thursday. It’s key to transporting the total $12.8 billion in motor vehicles and auto parts across the border. As of Thursday, the Ambassador Bridge is open to U.S.-bound traffic but police say the “presence of demonstrators” makes it difficult for motorists to access the border crossing.mlive.com
Canadian trucker protest at Ambassador Bridge threatens fragile supply chain
WINDSOR, ONTARIO – A Canadian trucker protest blocking traffic on the Ambassador Bridge in Detroit could disrupt supply chains already battered by the pandemic. A major trade route, the Ambassador Bridge carries 40,000 commuters and $323 million in goods every day—roughly a quarter of the trade between Michigan and Canada. Related: Canadian truckers protesting vaccine rule snarl traffic at Michigan border crossingsWindsor Mayor Drew Dilkens says he respects the right to protest, but the border blockade is causing a significant economic impact on the region. Michigan Manufacturers Association President and CEO John Walsh said the Ambassador Bridge is a critical trade route for state manufacturers. He believes this is a bigger threat to the supply chain crisis than “one-off stoppages” at the border.mlive.com
More than 2,000 pounds of marijuana seized in Port Huron
PORT HURON, MI -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized more than one ton of marijuana in Port Huron this week. The 2,027 pounds of marijuana was found in the trailer of an inbound commercial shipment on Thursday, Jan. 20, at the Blue Water Bridge in Port Huron. The commercial shipment carrying foot items was bound for Columbus, Ohio and was referred for a secondary inspection, according a Friday, Jan. 21, news release sent by the agency. Officers found 15 wooden crates inside, all filled with marijuana. “Our officers continue to identify and target suspect shipments attempting to make entry into the United States,” said Port Director Michael Fox.mlive.com
Strike at Canadian border causes massive traffic backup on Michigan freeways
“Unfortunately, this is a very perishable industry. It’s commodity dependent and we have commodities that are sensitive enough that we start seeing diminished quality,” said Bill Loupee. We don’t have time to have trucks to sit at the border for 24-48 hours. It’s just not an option.”
New $9.3M tolling system being developed for bridges on U.S.-Canada border
DETROIT – A Canadian company has been hired to update the tolling systems for three bridge operators at two international bridge crossings on the Ontario-Michigan border. Marie International Bridge and the Blue Water Bridge connecting Port Huron to Sarnia, Ontario. ‘’This is a great opportunity to partner on a common software solution for our future tolling needs,’’ said IBA Bridge Director Peter Petainen. Officials at the International and Blue Water bridges anticipate a one-year timeframe for design, construction, and deployment of IBI’s tolling solution. A current toll system contract covering the IBA and Blue Water Bridge expires in August 2022.mlive.com
Police investigate suspicious container on train tracks near Blue Water Bridge in Port Huron
PORT HURON, MI -- Police are asking people to avoid the area around Elmwood Street and Wright Street, just north of Blue Water Bridge in Port Huron, as officers investigate a suspicious package found on the train tracks. The suspicious container was observed at 7:36 a.m. Thursday, June 10, near the train tracks and the scenic turnout north of the Blue Water Bridge, according to a Port Huron Police Department news release. The Port Huron Fire Department and U.S. Border Patrol are assisting with the situation. Anyone with information on the suspicious package is asked to call the Port Huron Police Department at 810-984-8415. Anonymous tips can also be received through the CAPTURE Hotline at 810-987-6688, emailed through www.porthuronpolice.org, or texted by downloading the Port Huron PD app on apple or android devices.mlive.com
Over half ton of marijuana seized from trash hauler at Blue Water Bridge in Port Huron
DETROIT – On Sunday, Oct. 18 at around 11:15 p.m., the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations Officers at the Blue Water Bridge encountered a driver operating a trash hauler. The driver declared he was transporting municipal trash destined for a landfill in New Boston, Michigan to CBP. During the exam of the hauler, officers uncovered over 1,000 pounds of marijuana concealed in trash bags in the rear of truck. “Traffickers will use any means to attempt to transport illegal narcotics across our borders,” said Acting Port Director April Donaghy, who oversees operations at the Port Huron Area Port of Entry. In Fiscal Year 2020, CBP Field Operations seized more than 9,000 pounds of marijuana at ports of entry across the state.
Half a ton of marijuana seized from trash hauler at U.S.-Canada border in Michigan
PORT HURON, MI – An unusual discovery was made over the weekend by U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers during a search of a trash hauler at the Blue Water Bridge along the U.S.-Canada border. The officers encountered the driver of a trash hauler around 11:15 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18 crossing the bridge from Canada into Port Huron. An officer at the primary inspection booth referred the driver for a secondary examination, per a U.S. Customs and Border Protection news release. The subsequent examination unearthed more than half a ton of marijuana concealed in trash bags in the rear of the vehicle. Customs and Border Protection Field Operations have seized more than 9,000 pounds of marijuana at ports of entry across the state within the aforementioned time frame.mlive.com
Despite travel restrictions, more than 80 guns seized at Michigan ports of entry this year
DETROIT Since COVID-19 travel restrictions began March 21, U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents at Michigan ports of entry have seized more weapons than they did in all of 2019. That includes pistols, revolvers, rifles, shotguns and more. With so many weapons seized at the border with restricted travel, Local 4 Defenders want to know how could this be happening? In 2019, only 62 firearms were seized. So far this year, 81 firearms and 4,000 rounds of ammunition have been seized during a period of restricted travel due to COVID-19.
Customs and Border Protection seize more than half ton of marijuana at Blue Water Bridge
PORT HURON, Mich. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations Officers at the Blue Water Bridge seized more than a half ton of marijuana from an Ontario plated commercial truck on Monday. The truck was believed to be carrying office furniture to locations in Michigan. CBP officers investigated and uncovered more than 1,114 pounds of marijuana in vacuum sealed packages concealed in cardboard boxes. Our officers remain steadfast in their commitment to protecting our borders from all types of criminal activity.Since March, CBP Field Operations has seized over 4,400 pounds of marijuana at ports of entry across the state. READ: More local news coverage
1,114 pounds of marijuana found in truck from Canada entering Michigan
PORT HURON, Mich. More than a half-ton of marijuana has been found in a commercial truck attempting to cross into Michigan from Canada via the Blue Water Bridge. The trucks records indicated it was hauling office furniture to various locations in Michigan, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Officers found more than 1,114 pounds (505 kilograms) of marijuana in vacuum-sealed packages concealed in cardboard boxes. Authorities have seized more than 4,400 pounds (1,995 kilograms) of marijuana at ports of entry across Michigan since March. The Blue Water Bridge spans the St. Clair River and connects Port Huron, Michigan, to Sarnia, Ontario.
Michigan woman driving stolen vehicle with over $130,000 in gold bars, 30 grams of marijuana arrested at Blue Water Bridge
PORT HURON, Mich. On Thursday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a 43-year-old woman at the Blue Water Bridge driving a stolen vehicle with marijuana and $130,000 in gold. The incident took place after the woman from Eaton County made a wrong turn and ended up on the Blue Water Bridge in Port Huron. In this case, CBP officers took the extra steps to identify an individual in possession of a stolen vehicle and a large amount of gold, said Port Director Michael Fox. This is another prime example of our excellent working relationship with our partners.After arresting the woman CBP officers turned the case over to Michigan State Police, who were given custody of the woman. The gold, marijuana and stolen vehicle were also turned over to MSP.
Over 80 pounds of cocaine and fentanyl seized at Blue Water Bridge in Port Huron
PORT HURON, Mich. – Customs Border Protection officers inspecting commercial trucks departing the United States and destined for Canada overnight at the Blue Water Bridge discovered several pounds of narcotics located in the tractor cab of an outbound commercial carrier. The commercial carrier was hauling a shipment of flavoring syrup originating in California. During the inspection, over 80 pounds of suspected cocaine and fentanyl were discovered. Officers discovered several bricks of suspected cocaine and fentanyl. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Border Enforcement Security Task Force Port Huron is investigating.
Human brain discovered inside Canadian mail truck at Michigan border
click to enlarge Customs and Border ProtectionHuman brain found inside a glass jar. This is just another great example of just one of the many things CBP officers do to protect our nation on a daily basis.CBP has notified the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the discovery.In 2019, Detroit's CBP Field Office led the nation in interceptions of unreported currency and biological specimens that pose a threat to safety and security. They also found body armor, replica grenades, counterfeit Rolex watches, Apple AirPods, 600 pounds of cocaine, and enough fentanyl to kill 1.5 million people.CBPs Detroit Field Office includes the Ambassador Bridge and Detroit-Windsor Tunnel, the Blue Water Bridge in Port Huron, the International Bridge in Sault Ste. Marie, and Detroit Metropolitan Airport.On a daily basis, an average of 17,000 passenger cars, 6,500 commercial vehicles, 29 commercial aircraft, and 15 cargo trains passed through the ports. At Michigans five ports of entry with Canada, officers seized $7.8 million, 495 pounds of marijuana, 10 pounds of fentanyl, 600 pounds of cocaine, 13 pounds of methamphetamine, and 62 firearms.metrotimes.com
Canadian authorities seize 50 bricks of suspected cocaine at Blue Water Bridge
POINT EDWARD. – Canadian authorities seized 50 bricks of suspected cocaine from a truck at the Blue Water Bridge earlier this month. According to authorities, the man was driving a semi truck when he arrived at the Blue Water Bridge Commercial Operations in Point Edward, Ontario on Nov. 18. Authorities found 50 packages of suspected cocaine that weighed a total of about 50 kilograms. The Blue Water Bridge connects Port Huron, Michigan to Canada.
Ancient Egyptian mummy linens seized at Blue Water Bridge in Port Huron
U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Thursday that they recently seized ancient Egyptian mummy linens during an enforcement operation at the Blue Water Bridge in Port Huron. On May 25, CBP officers identified a shipment on a Canadian mail truck that was selected for an enforcement examination at the Centralized Examination Station in Marysville. An inspection of a selected package revealed five jars of ancient Egyptian mummy linen. CBP began to coordinate with a Washington, DC based archaeological organization in determining the admissibility of the presumed antiquities. I am extremely proud of our officers hard work during and after the discovery of these ancient artifacts said Port Director Michael Fox.
Ancient Egyptian Mummy Linens Seized At Blue Water Bridge In Port Huron
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