Border Patrol agents and police officers seized approximately 50 pounds of cannabis in upstate New York last week in a traffic stop near the Canadian border. Officials estimated the value of the pot at more than $100,000, according to a press release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Agents assigned to the Massena Border Patrol Station were on duty in the early morning hours of Wednesday, April 3 when they pulled over a red pickup truck in the parking lot of a hotel in Hogansburg, New York. After requesting assistance from other nearby law enforcement agencies, the Border Patrol agents were joined by officers from the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Police (SRMTP) and the New York State Police (NYSP).
After a canine unit with the SRMTP alerted to the vehicle, the officers discovered the cannabis hidden in luggage which was stowed in the extended cab of the pickup truck. The law enforcement officers then seized the pot and arrested the driver and lone occupant of the vehicle, Kyle Hemings, age 50, of Central Square, New York. After being taken into custody, Hemings was transported to Massena Border Patrol Station for initial processing by agents. The Border Patrol then transferred custody