BCBP seizes $4 million in B.C. bud

Published on Thu, Apr 24, 2003 by Rebecca Schwarz Kopf

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BCBP seizes $4 million in B.C. bud

By Rebecca Schwarz Kopf

Customs and border protection officers seized 778 pounds of B.C. bud marijuana and arrested three Canadian individuals last week in two separate incidents at the Pacific Highway.

At about 5 a.m. last Tuesday, agents found 400 pounds of marijuana in a hidden compartment under a load of lumber in a truck. X-rays from the vehicle and cargo inspections system, (VACIS) used to view the contents of commercial vehicles at the Blaine commercial truck crossing, discovered the first load, estimated to be worth $2,000,000.

Paul C. Evenden, 46, of Maple Ridge, B.C., was booked into Whatcom County Jail of suspicion of possessing marijuana with the intent to deliver.

The second load of marijuana, this one 378 pounds, was discovered around 1 a.m. Thursday, also by the VACIS machine. The drugs were found stored in the front cargo area of a vehicle transporting salmon by truck into the U.S. The estimated value for this attempt was $1,890,000.

Satvant Singh Gill, 23, of New Westminster, B.C., and Jaswant Sing Gill, 29, of Surrey, B.C., were booked into Whatcom County Jail on suspicion of possession marijuana with the intent to deliver.

The cases of these three individuals will be prosecuted in Whatcom County superior court.

Interim port director Peg Fearon could not be reached for comment.

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