Smuggler's Inn allegedly lives up to its name
What's in a name anyway.
Accused of smuggling about 60 pounds of ecstasy across the U.S.-Canada border near Blaine, two people with Canadian passports were arraigned Friday in U.S. District Court at Seattle.
Wonder how border patrol knew to where to find them?
After crossing at the Peace Arch border crossing Wednesday, prosecutors contend Naseer Maher Hussain and Kim Amanda Farah drove directly to a hotel there, the Smuggler's Inn.
The hotel, which prosecutors contend lives up to its name, was described as follows by an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent on the case:
"The Smuggler's Inn is approximately 15 to 20 feet from the physical border between the United States and Canada. This area is known to law enforcement as a common place where narcotics and human smuggling occurs.
"Based on my training and experience, and discussions with other agents, subjects involved in smuggling activity routinely rent rooms at the Inn, pay cash for the room, stay in the room for a short time, then leave the area without returning to use the room."
That, authorities claim, is exactly what Hussain and Farah did Wednesday evening.
After they arrived at the Smuggler's Inn, Canadian authorities watched as a vehicle stopped near the hotel on the Canadian side of the border, according to court documents. That vehicle lingered in the area, then left; two minutes later, Hussain and Farah left the hotel and were stopped by ICE agents.
Federal prosecutors claim agents recovered a golf bag containing several containers packed with pills.
Farah and Hussain were each charged with possession of ecstasy with intent to distribute in U.S. District Court.