Lynden, Wash. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Kenneth G. Ward port of entry, Lynden, Wash., arrested a 20-year-old Mount Vernon, Wash., woman on November 23 for allegedly attempting to smuggle into the United States 1,285 tablets of Ecstasy concealed on her person.
Sadie Villars arrived at Lynden late Monday evening declaring that she was returning home after having had dinner with family in Canada. When questioned about the contents of her overnight bag Villars became hesitant and changed her story. During further inspection a personal search was conducted resulting in the discovery of the narcotic contraband in three baggies concealed underneath her clothing.
Villars was immediately taken into custody and turned over to agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement Border Enforcement Security Task Force for further investigation.
"This is the seventh major Ecstasy seizure in our area this year," said Area Port Director Greg Alvarez. "Yesterday's arrest demonstrates the important role our officers perform every day to prevent some very dangerous drugs from reaching our neighborhoods."
Ecstasy is the street name for the drug Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) and was classified as a Schedule I drug in 1985, meaning it is deemed to have no medical use and a high potential for abuse. Under a United Nations agreement it has also been criminalized in most countries in the world. The long term health effects from abuse of the drug are generally of great concern to public health officials.
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.