The U.S. border with Canada is generally more peaceful than the U.S. border with Mexico, but an incident this week shows that the northern border is also used for drug smuggling. A drug bust that took place this week in both Washington state and British Columbia means that parties in the Northwest U.S. will be a bit more demure over the next few weeks.
According to an Associated Press report, four people have been arrested in connection with an attempt to smuggle drugs across the U.S.-Canadian border.
Two of those arrested were men caught by the American Border Patrol trying to smuggle a reported 58 pounds of MDMA (also known as ecstasy) into the U.S. near the small town of Sumas, Washington this week. They were dressed in camouflage clothing and carrying backpacks. One of the men was captured, and the other was reported by the border patrol to have fired gunshots and fled back into British Columbia, where he was later caught.
The other two suspects are reported to be a man and a woman who told authorities they would be paid $11,000 to haul the MDMA to San Francisco.