Smugglers arrested in Canada after abandoning $2.8M worth of drugs south of U.S. border

The duffle bags recovered in a wooded area of Idaho, just south of the border near Creston, B.C., contained 38 kilograms of cocaine and 89 kilograms of methamphetamine valued at approximately $2.8 million. (U.S. Border Patrol Spokane Sector)

RCMP arrested two men after they were caught fleeing from Idaho into B.C. on Friday — shortly after U.S Border Patrol agents recovered abandoned duffle bags containing more than $2.8 million in cocaine and methamphetamine. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) say they were alerted to suspicious activity on a remote service road near Bonners Ferry, Idaho, just south of the border near Creston, B.C.

An agent responded to the area and located two individuals who were concealing themselves, said Jason Givens, press officer with the CBP, as the agent approached, Givens said, the two men fled into Canada, the agent then found five duffle bags in the area where the pair were hiding. The bags contained 38.1 kg of cocaine and 89.8 kg of methamphetamine which combined together is valued at approximately $2.8 million. RCMP in Canada were notified and a search began for the suspects, involving the Osoyoos Border Integrity Team, the RCMP Police Dog Service and members of the Creston and Cranbrook RCMP detachments.

The seized drugs. Jason Arkinstall and Lawrence Dwyer were arrested by RCMP and have been charged in connection with the importation/exportation of a controlled substance. (U.S. Border Patrol Spokane Sector)

Despite adverse weather conditions, Jason Arkinstall and Lawrence Dwyer were eventually found, arrested and charged in connection with the importation/exportation of a controlled substance, RCMP Sgt. Kris Clark said. The driver of a dark-coloured Range Rover seen leaving the area where the drugs were found was also arrested by Idaho state police in connection with narcotics smuggling, the vehicle was seized by the CBP. Border patrol agents are committed to preventing dangerous drugs and associated crime from destroying families and communities on both sides of the border, said acting chief patrol agent David BeMiller. The investigation by the RCMP Border Integrity Team and the CBP is continuing.

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