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Alberta border officials bust huge bong shipment

  1. Motorhead
    Officers at a southern Alberta border crossing have intercepted a shipment of marijuana pipes destined for the United States.

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers made the seizure after searching a truck arriving at the border crossing in Sweetgrass, Mont., on May 18.

    The truck contained more than 800 glass pipes used for smoking drugs, which authorities estimated were worth $265,000 US.

    Under U.S. law, products primarily intended for ingesting drugs are illegal. Canada has similar legislation.

    U.S. Homeland Security spokeswoman Lynn Shozda said the truck was flagged for an inspection when it arrived at the port, but didn't disclose why border officers wanted to take a closer look.

    Shozda also didn't say where the shipment originated, saying the case is still under investigation.

    Sweetgrass is 115 km southeast of Lethbridge.

    Calgary Herald
    June 01, 2011


  1. Alfa
    Is there anything known about what kind of pipes or bongs or even what brand?
  2. TooFastTim
    As an American citizen I feel so much safer knowing homeland is hard at work protecting us from water pipes. Now if they could just get on that crushing poverty, school funding and perhaps some of the accrual crime in this country
  3. C.D.rose
    I doubt that, but if they put out details, I want to see that press conference :laugh:.

    On-topic though:
    One of the things I have "learned" from visiting the comment section on CNN.com is that guns don't kill people, people kill people. For some reason, invoking a similar argument for much less harmful objects like bongs doesn't resonate with Americans. Strange. No seriously, I get it, you can use a gun in legitimate self-defense, whereas the main purpose of a bong is admittedly not covered by any laws. However, there is a discrepancy between the significantly elevated risk of being shot or killed by a gun, which Americans appear to be willing to take in the name of freedom and the Second Amendment in particular, and legislation that curtails individual freedoms in a way that would probably even be ruled illegal by European courts.
  4. Balzafire
    Just for shits and giggles, I did a quick search to see if I could find out who made them. No luck, but they are likely chinese made according to the following story. I love the statement made by the border control agent. Its classic (classic=bullshit).

    [imgl=white]https://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=20523&stc=1&d=1307042020[/imgl]HOUSTON—More than 15,400 bongs disguised as lamps were seized Thursday by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in Houston.

    The officers said they were inspecting 808 cartons full of the purported lamps when they discovered the items didn’t even have the most basic elements that would enable them to function as a light source.

    Officers said when they looked closer at the items, they found peel-off labels that were concealing holes. The holes allowed the items to be used as bongs.

    In the U.S., it’s illegal to import or export drug paraphernalia.

    "With greater enforcement, criminal organizations are increasingly inventing creative methods for smuggling illegal items," said Jeffrey O. Baldwin Sr., Houston CBP director of Field Operations.  "This seizure is the result of improved technology and intelligence and illustrates our commitment to facilitating legitimate trade while intercepting prohibited items."

    It wasn’t the first bong shipment discovered by officers. In July, a shipment of more than 2,400 bongs was seized.

    Both bong shipments originated from China, officials said.

    The bongs will be turned over to the Customs and Border Protection seized property office, where they will be destroyed.

    by khou.com staff
    September 23, 2010

  5. C.D.rose
    Well, if it's just Chinese bongs they may have done American tokers a favor ;)
  6. Alfa
    Bongs disguised as lamps. Interesting.
  7. godztear
    Disguised as lamps... whats the point when anyone can just go to their local smoke shop and browse threw their selection of bongs and bowls here in America?
  8. Alfa
    Bongs need to get there one way or the other. And Chinese bongs are likely very cheap, in contrast to US bongs. But yeah, its a bit strange when the government does not raid all headshops for bongs, but do bust shipments like these. Maybe there is another operation pipe dreams coming?
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