Spokane, Wash. - U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Curlew Border Patrol station made a significant drug seizure totaling more than 310 pounds of the "designer" drug Ecstasy, with an estimated street value of $9,373,329.24.
On Monday, a local citizen tipped off agents, who were working in a remote area near Curlew, Washington, to the location of several backpacks concealed in the brush along a trail near the U.S. / Canada border. Agents immediately responded to the location and made the initial discovery of two backpacks that had been carefully concealed in a remote wooded area. Upon opening the backpacks, agents discovered several plastic bags containing pills. The pills were identified as the drug known as Ecstasy.
"This significant seizure is a direct result of the valued partnership that we share with our local residents and the importance of them reporting any suspicious activity to law enforcement," stated Chief Patrol Agent Gloria Chavez of the Spokane Border Patrol.
Within minutes of the initial seizure, a Border Patrol canine team that was also on scene discovered two additional backpacks containing a significant amount of Ecstasy pills as well. The combined seizures made this a record breaking amount of Ecstasy seized between the official ports of entry on Washington's northern border.
"Our CBP canine teams are a critical asset at and between the official ports of entry on the Northern border as they enhance our border security mission," said Chavez. "On this day, our Border Patrol canine team played a pivotal role in the discovery, interdiction and seizure of this illicit contraband."
The Ecstasy from both cases was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Agency.
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.