Truck smuggling $3.5 million in cocaine stopped crossing border from Whatcom County

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Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officers stopped a truck last month crossing the U.S./Canada border from Whatcom County with an estimated $3.5 million worth of cocaine.

According to a CBSA April 15 news release, a commercial driver entered Canada March 18 in a semi-trailer carrying personal products. The truck reportedly crossed from Whatcom County to B.C. at one of the five Pacific Highway district border crossings.

During a secondary examination of the vehicle, border services officers found 64 individually wrapped brick-shaped objects that tested positive for cocaine. CBSA spokesperson Kristine Wu told The Northern Light in an email that all suspected narcotics require further analysis to confirm exact composition.

The bricks of suspected cocaine had a combined weight of nearly 160 pounds (71.5 kilograms) with an estimated value of over $3.5 million, according to the release.

“The discovery of 64 bricks of suspected cocaine is the direct result of diligent work by our border services officers. They kept Canadians safe by preventing these drugs from entering our communities,” Yvette Lebrun, CBSA Pacific Highway district director said in the release.

The specific border crossing where the seizure was made could not be released due to security reasons, Wu said. While the investigation is ongoing, she said the driver was coming into Canada from California.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police Federal Serious and Organized Crime unit took custody of the driver and the drugs.

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