BLAINE, Wash. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations officers at the Pacific Highway Port of Entry discovered seven packages of methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), commonly known as ecstasy, weighing more than 53 pounds on Saturday.
Around 11:30 a.m., a man driving a Hyundai Santa Fe was attempting to enter the United States at the Pacific Highway Port of Entry. The 40-year-old man and his co-traveler, a 33-year-old man, declared they were visiting the U.S. for pleasure. Based on experience and training, the primary officer referred the vehicle for further inspection. Officers discovered the MDMA in a hidden compartment by utilizing additional officer experience and non-intrusive inspection technology.
“This seizure demonstrates the vigilance of our CBP officers and their excellence in detecting those who try to smuggle illegal substances,” said Area Port Director Kenneth Williams. “Our officers work tirelessly every day protecting our borders and keeping dangerous narcotics out of the hands of our children.”
Officers seized the MDMA and vehicle. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents arrested the individual and the U.S. Attorney’s office in Seattle accepted federal prosecution.
The Blaine Border Enforcement Security Task Force (BEST Blaine) is investigating the case. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement HSI-led BEST is composed of full-time members from U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Air and Marine Operations, Office of Field Operations and Border Patrol; the Whatcom County Sheriff's Office; the U.S. Coast Guard Investigative Service; the Drug Enforcement Administration; the Canada Border Services Agency; and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
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.