Metaline Falls, Wash. - CBP Spokane Sector Border Patrol agents arrested two Canadian Citizens, one Mexican National and seized approximately 80 pounds of cocaine this week near Metaline Falls, Washington. The estimated value of the cocaine is $801,020. This narcotics seizure was the result of effective tactical planning and active patrolling of remote border trails by Border Patrol agents in the field. Agents encountered the suspects and contraband approximately 11 miles north of Metaline Falls, Washington in the Salmo Mountain area. One of the suspects hid from agents and was tracked out the next day in a snow storm with critical support from the Office of Air and Marine, Spokane Air Branch.
"This seizure and arrests are a direct result of the coordinated efforts between our CBP Border Patrol agents and Air Interdiction agents in support of our national security mission," said Gloria Chavez, Chief of the Spokane Border Patrol Sector. "It's this kind of daily commitment, combined with specialized skills, that drives our agents to successfully interdict the flow of illicit contraband as we protect our border communities."
All seized contraband and suspects were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for further processing.
CBP's U.S. Border Patrol Spokane Sector has the mission of protecting our nation's borders, between the official ports of entry, by deterring, detecting and apprehending terrorists and/or terrorist weapons. Agents continue to enforce all laws relating to trans-national threats which include the smuggling narcotics and human contraband.
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.