BLAINE, WASH.—On Sunday evening, March 25, United States Border Patrol agents stopped a vehicle on the mile marker 275 on ramp to I-5 in Blaine, Washington. The vehicle sped away when the agent approached the vehicle on foot. Agents found the vehicle abandoned a short time later in a nearby rest area off I-5.
Two large bags were recovered from the vehicle which contained packages of tablets and packages of a white powdery substance. The powdery substance weighed over 77 pounds and field tested positive for methamphetamines with an estimated value of $386,470. The tablets field tested positive for an opium alkaloid and extrapolated out to 61,395 tablets with an estimated value of $1,009,232.
The narcotics and vehicle were turned over to the Bellingham Office of the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.