Langley drug smuggler given 10-year sentence in U.S. court
Bradley Keith Bourque, 35, pleaded guilty in January to one count of conspiracy to distribute MDMA/ecstasy. He was arrested last October 30 as he crossed into Washington state with 200,000 ecstasy pills secreted away in a hidden compartment in his GMC pick-up.
Photograph by: Michael McGee, Ottawa Citizen
METRO VANCOUVER -- A Langley man convicted for smuggling ecstasy into the U.S. received a 10-year sentence in a Seattle courtroom Monday.
Bradley Keith Bourque, 35, pleaded guilty in January to one count of conspiracy to distribute MDMA/ecstasy.
He was arrested last October 30 as he crossed into Washington state with 200,000 ecstasy pills secreted away in a hidden compartment in his GMC pick-up.
U.S. District Judge James L. Robart said the customized compartment was proof that Bourque had either done previous smuggling trips or planned others in the future.
Last October, Bourque bragged to undercover agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement that he had a special secret compartment built into his GMC pickup truck, according to court documents.
Border crossing records show Bourque had crossed from Canada into the U.S. five times in 2009 prior to his arrest.
"For some time, Bradley Keith Bourque operated as a professional drug smuggler, carrying large loads of ecstasy into the United States. Due to good investigative work, he was caught in the act with a massive quantity of ecstasy and now stands before the Court for sentencing," Assistant United States Attorney Michael Scoville wrote in his sentencing memo. "The Court should not let pass the opportunity to send a message to would-be Canadian drug smugglers by imposing a substantial sentence on Bourque."
Leigh Winchell, who's in charge of ICE investigations in Seattle, said the sentence handed to Bourque "is a reminder of the price to be paid by those who disregard the law and become involved in the illegal drug trade."
"ICE continues to aggressively investigate these types of cases to stem the flow of ecstasy or any illicit substance into our communities," he said.
BY KIM BOLAN,
APRIL 5, 2010