Two Taiwanese nationals were caught with nearly a quarter of a million dollars worth of drugs near the Blaine border.
On March 17, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents arrested Min-Hsiang Yuan and Cheng-Long Cai and charged them with possession with intent to distribute.
Yuan was driving a Ford pickup truck on H Street near Valley View Road. CBP agents stopped him at 11:10 p.m. and found 23 kilograms, or more than 50 pounds, of granular powder in vacuum-sealed freezer bags. Testing revealed the powder to be MDMA, a drug commonly known as ecstasy or Molly. The value of the drugs is estimated at more than $231,000.
CBP agents, with the help of police dogs, found Cai in the woods. Yuan claimed to be a tourist, and Cai a hiker. CBP agents believe Cai dropped the drugs and Yuan picked them up.
CBP agents determined the men to be Taiwanese citizens.
The two men are being held pending an April 1 preliminary hearing. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations are looking into the case.