U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Marysville Border Patrol station arrested a Canadian man smuggling marijuana into the United States Monday by crossing the St. Clair River in a scuba suit.
The incident occurred at approximately 1 a.m. when agents were notified by the Saint Clair County Central Dispatch that they had received a citizen call notifying them of an individual swimming across the Saint Clair River near Marine City, Michigan.
An alert boater saw the man carrying PVC pipe and know something was wrong.
After receiving this information, Remote Video Surveillance System (RVSS) camera operators at the Operational Integration Center (OIC) on Selfridge ANGB were able to locate the individual in the river.
"RVSS camera operators at the operational integration center on Selfridge were able to see him on the night vision cameras swimming across and it looked like he was pulling something, " said an agent.
The camera operator relayed to agents on the ground that the subject appeared to be pulling a "dry bag" used by divers behind him. Border Patrol agents apprehended the Canadian man wearing a scuba suit after he got out of the water near Marine City. Agents then located a large watertight PVC cylinder holding over 8lbs of marijuana tied to a seawall ladder.
The individual and the narcotics were turned over to the St. Clair County Drug Task Force which accepted the case for prosecution.