Over 400 pounds of marijuana was found in 15 new Ford Fusion vehicles that were being shipped to Pennsylvania and Ohio from Mexico. It seems that this is an ongoing problem for border police. As cars are shipped over the border, U.S. affiliates on the other side remove the product during train inspections. It appears that the U.S. affiliate didn’t make it to the delivery in time and $1 million in unclaimed marijuana plants were discovered as a result. It was packaged in half circles and tucked away in the trunk, where a spare tire would usually be found.
Details of the Investigation
“Since the vehicles came from Mexico, they believed someone in Mexico placed the marijuana in those vehicles,” a St. Paul police officer wrote in his police report. “The vehicles would get loaded onto the same railcar. Once the train crossed the border into the U.S., they would stop for inspections. It is at this time that the co-conspirator on the U.S. side would break into the railcars and recover the narcotics.”
Ford Responds to the Incident
Ford was disturbed by the use of their vehicles for smuggling illegal substances across the border and are working to get to the bottom of the issue. Dealerships in both Ohio and Pennsylvania were found to have marijuana packages hidden in the spare tire compartment. They are claiming that they are not involved in the smuggling and that it is not originating from any of their facilities. “We’re aware of the situation and are taking it very seriously,” a Ford Motor Company spokesman told CNN on Saturday. “We are working with the FBI and Customs on an extensive investigation. We have confirmed that this is not happening at our plant or at our internal shipping yards.”
Marijuana’s Black Market
One of the biggest motivators many marijuana advocates have regarding legalizing the plant is that it would put an end to the black market. Marijuana has been found to be safer and healthier than alcohol and cigarettes. The medicinal benefits have been revealed and proven through countless studies and trials and yet the DEA has been adamant about making marijuana a Schedule I drug. This is the highest risk classification used for the mast dangerous illicit substances such as LSD and heroin. There are currently several bipartisan bills being reviewed that seek to change the classification of the plant.
The Trump administration has been resistant when it comes to shifting marijuana laws. Longtime prohibitionist Jeff Sessions was appointed Attorney General and he has made his feelings regarding marijuana clear, even going so far as to ask Congress for the right to use federal funding to attack the medical marijuana industry around the country. Already, marijuana has been legalized for recreational use in 8 states and legalized for medical use in 29 states. A legal market would erase the need to have an active black market. Prohibition has encouraged an illegal market to thrive. For now, investigations are underway as officers attempt to resolve the issue as best they can.