- Associated Press - Friday, April 3, 2015

LEWISTON, N.Y. (AP) - U.S. border agents say they found $300,000 worth of loose-leaf tobacco hidden in a truck hauling toys.

Customs and Border Protection officials said Thursday that agents made the discovery at the Lewiston-Queenston bridge in western New York in December and that the load was formally seized this week.

Agents say the Canada-bound tractor-trailer’s manifest indicated the truck was carrying toys but a secondary inspection revealed the second cargo, tobacco.

Investigators say it was being smuggled out of the United States and into Canada to avoid Canadian taxes.


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