Canadian agents seize suspected cocaine in truck crossing at Blaine

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJuly 11, 2013 

BLAINE - Canadian border agents announced Thursday, July 11, they found 62.3 kilograms (137 pounds) of suspected cocaine hidden in a truckload of food products being driven north from California.

The truck tried to go through the Pacific Highway crossing into Canada June 26 but was sent for a secondary inspection after the driver was questioned about the truck's contents compared to its bill of lading, according to Canadian Border Services Agency.

Border agents unloaded the truck. Among its contents were five cardboard boxes sitting on two pallets, along with other boxes of food products but not hidden. Inside those five boxes, agents found 56 bricks of what they believe is cocaine.

CBSA says this is the single largest interception of cocaine in British Columbia since the seizure of 115 kilograms in July 2011, also at the Pacific Highway crossing.

The drugs and driver were turned over to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for further investigation.

Reach DEBBIE TOWNSEND at debbie.townsend@bellinghamherald.com or call 715-2280.

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