Ecstasy becomes agony for border drug smugglers

By Terrapinzflyer · Sep 15, 2009 · ·
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    Ecstasy becomes agony for border drug smugglers

    Border Patrol agents at the Blaine crossing this morning seized more than 37 pounds of ecstasy pills valued at $1.2 million from a car.

    Border Patrol agents saw two people run from Canada through Peace Arch Park and climb into a vehicle on the U.S. side of the border. The agents followed the vehicle south and stopped it on Interstate 5. Inside, they found a gym bag containing the pills.

    The two people who were seen entering the U.S. illegally were arrested and will be charged with drug smuggling, according to the Border Patrol. The Drug Enforcement Administration took custody of the suspects and drugs.

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    Ecstasy drug bust at border

    BLAINE, Wash. - Border Patrol agents Monday stopped a car on Interstate 5 and seized a gym bag containing 37.4 pounds of Ecstasy pills.

    According to the Customs and Border Patrol, agents spotted two men running south from Canada through the Peace Arch Park early Monday morning. The two men then hopped into an awaiting vehicle on the United States side of the border and drove away.

    Border Patrol agents followed the vehicle south on I-5 before pulling it over. Inside the vehicle, the agents found the gym bag containing the Ecstasy, which has been valued at $1.2 million.

    The two men and a third man inside the vehicle were taken into custody. The drugs and the three men were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

    The Border Patrol says the U.S. Attorney's office says the two men who entered the county illegally will be charged with smuggling. The Border Patrol says at this time it does not know how the U.S. Attorney's office will handle the third man.

    01:58 PM PDT on Tuesday, September 15, 2009
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