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$900,000 cocaine smuggling attempt: CBP arrests North Delta woman

$900,000 cocaine smuggling attempt: CBP arrests North Delta woman

WASHINGTON:  A North Delta woman is in custody in the US after allegedly trying to cross the Pacific Highway border crossing into Canada with nearly a million dollars worth of cocaine.

According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Robyn Courtney Bell, 32, was attempting to cross from Blaine into South Surrey when an officer deployed his canine partner Zzook.

Zzook sniffed Bell’s vehicle and alerted to the odour of narcotics emanating from the rear of the vehicle.

Further inspection uncovered a secret compartment in the trunk containing 21 sealed packages weighing 23 kilograms. The substance in the packages tested positive for cocaine. The drugs have an estimated street value of $900,000.

“Cocaine is a dangerous drug that has a destructive impact on communities throughout the Pacific Northwest,” said CBP area Port Director Greg Alvarez in a release.

Bell was immediately taken into custody and is being held on suspicion of cocaine possession with intention to distribute.