News in brief
$1.5 million in ecstacy seized
Two Canadians and one American resident were arrested Friday, May 5 at the Peace Arch port of entry after U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers found almost 22 kilograms of the drug MDMA “Ecstasy” concealed in a vehicle.
Customs officials say they discovered the drugs during a secondary inspection of the vehicle and became suspicious after they discovered signs of tampering with the rear seat. Removal of the seat revealed a make-shift compartment containing three vacuum-sealed bags filled with small, multi-colored pills.
Igor Kharitonov, 37, Eboney Chipman, 23, both of B.C. and William Davis, 33, a U. S. citizen residing in Vancouver, B.C., were arrested in suspicion of transporting illegal substances and facing federal charges in Seattle, CBP officials said.
Customs officials speculate the wholesale value of the ecstasy is $750,580, with a street value of over $1.5 million.
Developer to hear concerns
The developer of the proposed Horizons Village at Semiahmoo project will hear public concerns about storm water issues, traffic mitigation and fire services at an upcoming meeting of the Birch Bay Steering Committee.
Bovenkamp’s has proposed a second project sited for the corner of Lincoln and Schintaffer roads, which includes more than 200 homes and more than 130,000 square feet of commercial space.
The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 24 at the Birch Bay Bible Community Church at 7039 Jackson Road.
Bids for Kids event May 19
The ninth annual Bids for Kids fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club is scheduled for Friday, May 19 in the main ballroom of the Semiahmoo Resort.
Sponsors include the Hazard family, Windermere Real Estate, Semiahmoo Resort and Nature’s Path foods.
The event includes silent and live auctions, dinner and a dessert dash. Tickets are $45 each or $300 to reserve a table of eight.
For more information, please call 332-3008.