$3.3 million worth of drugs seized
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CDP) officers and Border Patrol agents made three significant drug seizures during the past week at the Blaine port of entry.
The first drug bust involved the seizing of 101,704 tablets of Ecstasy worth an estimated street value of $2 million. The tablets were found in the engine compartment area of a tractor-trailer driven by Lakhvir Lally, 27 of Delta, B.C. Officers were tipped off when the truck’s license plate raised a red flag in the Treasury Enforcement Computer System (TECS) for potential drug smuggling. Upon inspection, agents found a small cardboard box of tablets against the firewall above the frame of the commercial tractor.
The second drug seizure involved 408 pounds of marijuana valued at $1.2 million. The drugs were discovered in a truck driven by Bjarne Nielsen, 61, of Richmond, B.C. CBP officers noted a discrepancy in the bed of Nielsen’s pick up truck and upon further examination, including the removal of the rear bumper and cutting into the pickup bed, the agents found a false bed with the drugs stored underneath.
Both suspects were arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) special agents on federal drug charges and taken to Bellingham to be detained, according to Mike Milne, public affairs officer.
The third arrest came on May 5, when a 28-year old male was arrested with 34.2 pounds of marijuana valued at approximately $120,000. The suspect and marijuana were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).