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Sheriff: Canadians tried to smuggle pot into MN inside maple syrup cans

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Law enforcement officials on the Minnesota-Canadian border seized nearly a pound of marijuana being smuggled into the state – hidden inside cans of maple syrup, the Cook County Sheriff's Office said.

Sheriff Pat Eliasen told the Duluth News Tribune they searched the vehicle after the two Canadians they said they had a few marijuana joints on them while passing through Grand Portage, Minnesota, April 7.

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol inspected the vehicle and found 32 aluminum maple syrup cans that seemed too light to be filled with syrup, a news release says.

When they opened the cans, officials found 15 of them contained baggies filled with marijuana, totaling .95 pounds.

The 28-year-old driver of the vehicle was then turned over to the Cook County Sheriff's Office for possible prosecution, the release notes.

The Duluth News Tribune says one of the two vehicle occupants was arrested on a charge of felony possession of a controlled substance, and then released to Canada.

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