CBP seizes $2 million in ecstasy at Blaine crossing

Published on Thu, May 28, 2009
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Peace Arch Port of Entry arrested a 30-year-old Vancouver, British Columbia, woman on May 23 for allegedly attempting to smuggle 134,838 tablets of ecstasy worth nearly $2 million into the United States.

Nguyen Loan Trinh, a Canadian citizen, was entering Washington state Saturday morning when 84 pounds of ecstasy was discovered hidden within the gas tank of a 2008 Acura MDX.

During her initial inspection, she claimed to be traveling to Seattle to visit a sick aunt. An examination of her sport utility vehicle revealed the rear seat and gas tank had been tampered with.

Agents opened the access panel to the gas tank, revealing 60 packages of multi-colored tablets which field tested positive for the properties of ecstasy. Trinh was taken into custody and turned over to agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement for prosecution.