Canadian man sentenced in mobile meth lab scare

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A Canadian man whose mobile meth lab temporarily shuttered the Lynden border crossing last year has been sentenced to a year in prison.

Calum James Buchanan, 41, of Chilliwack, B.C., was convicted of possession with intent to deliver or manufacture methamphetamines. Buchanan and a passenger, Lola Crystal McKay, 24, also of Chilliwack, were arrested on November 23. The pair had attempted to cross the border into the United States with what turned out to be a mobile meth lab in the trunk of Buchanan’s 1994 Pontiac Grand Am at about 7 p.m.

Authorities searched the vehicle and found an unidentified gray liquid, several plastic tubs and metal strainers covered in white residue. A U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agent who inhaled the chemicals became violently ill and was sent to the hospital. The agent was treated and released the same day.

CBP agents called in a HazMat team from Everett to assess any possible threat from the unknown chemicals. As a result, the border crossing was shut down for several hours and traffic was rerouted.

Buchanan told investigators he was being paid $500 to deliver the meth lab to someone in Canada. He and McKay wound up at the Lynden border crossing by mistake, after getting lost in construction near the border.

McKay reportedly failed to appear at a December 5 court date, adding bail jumping to her charge of unlawful manufacture of methamphetamines.

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