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Ontario Man Sentenced For Attempting To Cross The Border With Marijuana

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of New York

CONTACT: Barbara Burns
PHONE: (716) 843-5817
FAX #: (716) 551-3051

BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Frank Nereo Fogazzi, 79, of Ontario, Canada, who was convicted of possessing with intent to distribute marijuana, was sentenced to time served by Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles E. Watkins, Jr., who handled the case, stated that on May 21, 2018, at approximately 10:00 p.m., the defendant attempted to enter the United States from Canada at the Peace Bridge Port of Entry. During primary inspection, Fogazzi, a Canadian Citizen, told the primary Customs and Border Protection Officer that he was coming to the United States to go shopping but could not provide the Officer with an intended shopping destination.

When asked if he was bringing anything into the United States and if he had anything to declare, the defendant said he did not. The officer then asked Fogazzi to unlock the trunk of his vehicle for inspection. The officer opened the trunk and observed an empty black hockey bag laying on top of two other black hockey bags that appeared full. The officer also detected the odor of marijuana emanating from the trunk. The officer then unzipped one of the full hockey bags and observed suspected marijuana inside clear vacuum sealed plastic bags. The defendant was escorted to the security office. Fogazzi’s vehicle was also taken to the secondary area for further inspection during which officers discovered additional suspected marijuana in a second hockey bag as well as in the spare-tire cavity under the hockey bags in the trunk. A total of 96 packages of suspected marijuana, weighing a total of over 104 lbs., were seized.

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by Customs and Border Protection, under the direction of Director of Field Operations Rose Brophy, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Kevin Kelly.

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Updated July 16, 2020