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CBP officers find more than two pounds of ketamine in false compartment of vehicle

Release Date: 
February 11, 2019

BLAINE, Wash. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations officers at the Peace Arch Port of Entry discovered one package of ketamine weighing 2.25 pounds on Feb. 7.

CBP officers at the Peace Arch
Port of Entry in Blaine,
Washington, seized more than
two pounds of ketamine Feb. 7.

Around 2 p.m., a man driving a Nissan Quest was attempting to enter the United States at the Peace Arch Port of Entry. The 39-year-old man (and sole occupant of the vehicle) declared a personal trip. Based on experience and training, the primary officer referred the vehicle for further inspection. Officers discovered the ketamine by utilizing additional officer experience.

“This is a great example of the hard work our CBP officers do every day,” said Area Port Director Kenneth L. Williams. “Our officers’ diligence, perseverance, and hard work protect our borders and keep dangerous narcotics out of the hands of our children.”
Officers seized the ketamine and vehicle. Whatcom County Sheriff’s deputies arrested the individual and the Whatcom County Prosecutor’s Office accepted state prosecution.

The Blaine Border Enforcement Security Task Force (BEST Blaine) is investigating the case. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations-led BEST is composed of full-time members from U.S. Customs and Border Protection Offices of Air and Marine, 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.  

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Last modified: 
February 12, 2019