Nearly 250,000 ecstasy pills seized

Published on Fri, Feb 6, 2009 by Tara Nelson

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Blaine sector Border Patrol agents seized more than 240,000 tablets of ecstasy last week worth more than $2.6 million in two separate incidents.

In the first incident, Blaine sector chief John Bates said agents observed a vehicle late Wednesday night leaving an area notorious for narcotics smuggling and followed it until they lost sight. The agents later located the same vehicle abandoned near the Ferndale police department.

Canine units searched the vehicle and found 20 large vacuum-sealed bags containing a total of 100,000 tablets of ecstasy and night vision goggles.

In a separate incident near Sumas, Border Patrol agents responded to a remote video surveillance report of a suspicious vehicle lurking close to the Canadian border in an area where drug smuggling often occurs. Agents stopped the described vehicle leaving the area and conducted a search, which revealed two suitcases in the rear cargo area.

A total of 120,000 tablets of Ecstasy valued at $1,440,000 were discovered inside the suitcases.

“This clearly shows our ability to rapidly respond to simultaneous threats occurring along our border,” commented Bates.

The DEA took custody of the suspects, vehicles and contraband.