U.S. border agents seized more than $9 million worth of ecstasy after a hiker spotted some suspicious backpacks in the woods just south of a small B.C. border crossing on Monday.
Agent James Frackleton told CBC News his office got a call about "suspicious" backpacks stashed in the woods near the tiny Danville border crossing south of Grand Forks, B.C.
"These backpacks were stashed off a trail not far from a trailhead," said Frackleton. "We are assuming they were staging it for another party to pick it up."
When agents arrived, they found several backpacks and a hockey bag with over 130 kilograms of ecstasy — so many pills they could only estimate the number.
"It's huge," Frackleton said. "In fact, this [bust] would actually be the largest on the northern border."
It's impossible to tell where the ecstasy was manufactured, but it appears to be part of a sophisticated operation that probably passed the drugs through Canada on their way to the American market, said Frackleton.
No arrests have been made, but the investigation is ongoing, he said.
October 21, 2010
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