Two smugglers caught on camera

Published on Thu, Nov 20, 2003
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Two smugglers caught on camera

A U.S. resident alien and a Canadian juvenile were caught smuggling 200 pounds of marijuana and 220 pounds of ephedrine last week, according to the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (BCBP).

Blaine sector communications personnel monitoring the remote video surveillance camera system observed two individuals driving two vehicles, a 2003 Chevrolet Venture van and a 2003 Ford Expedition, south across the boundary from Canada into the United States through Sumas, Washington. They then headed westbound on the Mount Baker Highway.

Communications personnel were able to get license plate information and gave that information to patrol units in the field. Shortly after 8 a.m. last Tuesday, agents from the Bellingham border patrol station stopped the vehicles and a K-9 unit alerted to both, indicating illegal drugs. About 200 pounds of high grade B.C. bud worth roughly $800,000 and 220 pounds of ephedrine, valued at $110,000, were found. Ephedrine is the key precursor substance in the illicit manufacture of methamphetamine.

The drugs and the two drivers, a 16-year-old lower mainland male who illegally entered the country and a 26-year-old lawful permanent resident alien, were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).