BLAINE, Wash. - Customs officers seized 157 pounds of the illegal drug Ecstasy Thursday after they found it concealed in a passenger vehicle at the Pacific Highway border crossing in Blaine.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency says officers found a false compartment in the gas tank of a 1995 Chevrolet Suburban that was entering the U.S. from Canada late in the afternoon.
The compartment contained 23 vacuum-sealed bags containing more than 247,000 Ecstasy pills, with an estimated street value of $5 million.
The vehicle's driver, 38-year-old James Leystra of Vancouver, British Columbia, was arrested for investigation of conspiracy to import a controlled substance.
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