By Associated Press - Tuesday, December 29, 2020

HIGHGATE SPRINGS, Vt. (AP) - Customs agents at a U.S.-Canadian border crossing in Vermont seized more than 1,400 pounds (635 kilograms) of marijuana hidden inside kitchen cabinets, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Tuesday.

The marijuana was discovered Monday after border officers selected the truck carrying the cabinets for closer examination when it tried to enter the United States from Canada at Highgate Springs.

It was the largest marijuana seizure in New England in recent years. It had an estimated street value of more than $3 million.

Last June U.S. border agents in Buffalo, New York, seized about 9,500 pounds (4,300 kilograms) of marijuana, the largest marijuana seizure ever on the U.S.-Canadian border.

While the U.S.-Canadian border is closed to most routine crossings, commercial traffic is allowed to cross between the two countries.

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