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Pest, drugs, guns discovered at Michigan-Canada crossings

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U.S. federal agents say they discovered an invasive beetle when a college student entered Michigan from Canada last year, the first time that the voracious khapra beetle has been detected at a U.S. northern border. The beetle was among many things found and seized at Michigan-Ontario border crossings and Detroit Metropolitan Airport. They included guns, drugs, counterfeit products and suspicious cash. U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Wednesday displayed a sample of the contraband at its cargo facility near the Ambassador Bridge in Detroit. Christopher Perry, who oversees CBP's Michigan operations, says "our mission is complex."