Feds seize huge quantity of Ecstasy and pot
U.S. border officials seized more than $12 million worth of Ecstasy and marijuana that was being smuggled in a truckload of shredded plastic.
The drugs seized at Pacific Highway the night of March 16 were in a truck with Canadian plates that arrived for inspection at 8 p.m. After questioning the driver and single passenger inspectors subjected the vehicle and trailer to gamma-ray imaging. The contents of the trailer – 128 drums manifested as containing shredded plastic – were offloaded for physical inspection. Twenty-one of the drums contained drugs: 461 pounds of methylene dio-oxymethamphetamine, known as Ecstasy, and 825 pounds of marijuana.
“This significant seizure demonstrates Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) commitment to securing our borders,” said acting Blaine area port director Lynn Gardner. “Narcotics smuggling from British Columbia continues to be a major enforcement priority. Our continued vigilance has once again paid off.”
CBP public affairs officer Willie Hicks said the 671,000 tables of Ecstasy seized marked the biggest seizure of the drug at the Blaine port. In 2003 and 2004, roughly 50,000 units of Ecstasy were seized entering the county at the Peace Arch and Pacific Highway ports of entry. There were no seizures in 2005. “Now in 2006 we’re over 670,000 and we’re not even halfway through the year,” he said. “This was a particularly huge one.”
No arrests have been made at this point and the agents from Customs and Immigration Enforcement (ICE) are investigating the smuggling attempt. “We were unable to tie it to the driver,” Hicks said. “We can’t automatically assume they knew what was going on and we have no information tying them to the smuggling.”