Another large drug seizure
Blaine customs and border protection (CBP) inspectors seized 1,309 pounds of marijuana during a routine examination of a semi-trailer using its vacis X-ray machine Tuesday.
Inspectors working at the Pacific Highway crossing discovered the marijuana concealed in a shipment of packaged wood shavings destined for California.
The driver, Blake McDonald, 48, a Canadian citizen from New Westminster, British Columbia, was arrested on charges of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, and was turned over to Whatcom County authorities for state prosecution.
McDonald was driving the shipment of wood shavings from Kelowna, B.C. to Long Beach, CA. The tractor, trailer and cargo were also seized.
Interim CBP Area Port Director, Peg Fearon, congratulated the Blaine inspectors involved in the seizure.
�This continues the recent trend of significant drug seizures in the commercial cargo environment. Our vigilance has paid off again,� Fearon said. �We continue to maintain our heightened anti-terrorism focus under Alert Level Yellow at all our ports. Increased narcotics seizures are a welcome by-product of our anti-terrorism efforts.�
The marijuana has an estimated local street value of more than $4,000,000 dollars.