Blaine CBP officers nab $5.5 million in ecstacy
By Tara Nelson
A 52-year-old Surrey man was arrested Monday after U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Pacific Highway port of entry found nearly $5.5. million worth of ecstacy tablets, also known as MDMA, in his vehicle.
Randal A. Hodgson, a Canadian citizen, was arrested June 2 after entering Washington at the Pacific Highway crossing in Blaine with 185,946 tablets of ecstasy weighing 120 pounds concealed in hidden compartments in his 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt.
Hodgson claimed to be enroute to Mount Vernon on business when he was initially questioned but was sent to secondary inspections after a K-9 narcotic dog detected odors and alerted CBP officers.
Officers then searched the vehicle and discovered 39 packages of ecstasy concealed behind the dash and under the back seat in specially manufactured smuggling compartments.
Hodgson was arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) officials.