CHAMPLAIN, N.Y. — Authorities say two Canadians are accused of trying to smuggle more than $2 million in ecstasy pills into the U.S. at a border crossing in northern New York.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials tell the Press-Republican of Plattsburgh that 40-year-old Santiago Roque Peralta and 39-year-old Laura Nin Nin were arrested last Friday at Champlain where they tried to enter the country with their two children, ages 11 and 12.
Officers found more than 100,000 ecstasy pills packed into bags hidden in the vehicle's spare tire.
Authorities say the drugs have a street value of about $2.1 million.
Peralta and Nin Nin are charged with federal drug crimes. They remain in Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody.
Their children were released to relatives in Canada. The couple's hometown wasn't available.
September 23, 2010
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