Caught on camera: three men jump border, apprehended by RCMP

Published on Thu, Feb 27, 2003 by Meg Olson

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Caught on camera: three men jump border, apprehended by RCMP

By Meg Olson

The $6 million camera system along the border is earning its keep. Last week border patrol specialists monitoring the cameras spotted three men jumping the border in east Blaine. When the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) apprehended them on the other side of the line they were carrying an impressive arsenal of weapons, $50,000 in cash and diamonds.

After a border patrol agent returned from checking into a citizen call about barking dogs in the area early on the morning of February 19, border patrol deputy chief patrol agent John Bates said they were keeping an eye on Canada View and Jerome Street using one of the 38 cameras that monitor the border from Blaine to the Cascades and mounted on a 50-foot pole.

Just after 3:30 a.m. they spotted a van come up Jerome and park on Canada View adjacent to the border. �Three guys got out and crossed into Canada,� Bates said. The border patrol notified the RCMP who caught up with them near Hazelmere golf course in Surrey.

Bates said 41 weapons, mostly automatic pistols and two small machine guns, were taken from the trio. He also confirmed that they were carrying $50,000 in U.S. currency but could not confirm the gems seized.

�We�ve been told there were 23 diamonds but there�s some confusion about if that was found on these guys,� he said.

There was no one at the RCMP Surrey detachment who could provide further information.

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