Feds Stop Ship With 1,400 Pounds of Meth at US-Canada Border

US authorities say they stopped a small boat carrying a large shipment of methamphetamine after seeing it drift underwater near the Canadian border with Washington state.

US Customs and Border Protection said officers stopped the 18-foot (5.5-meter) speedboat Bayliner in the San Juan Islands on Wednesday as it headed to Canada.

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They reported finding 1,432 pounds (650 kg) of methamphetamine on board, packed in 28 duffel bags secured with luggage locks.

The boat’s occupant, identified as Ted Karl Faupel, a resident of Alberta, Canada, was arrested on a drug distribution charge. He made an initial appearance in US District Court in Seattle on Thursday; his attorney, federal public defender Vanessa Pai-Thompson, declined to comment.

According to a federal criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Seattle, Faupel told investigators that he had been walking near a marina in Sidney, on Vancouver Island, when someone approached him and offered him $1,000 to move a boat from Sydney to Anacortes, Washington. , and back.

According to the complaint, he said he left Vancouver Island on Tuesday. He said four men met him at a Washington State Parks boat dock, took the boat on a trailer and dropped it off at an inn.

The next day he was brought back to the dock and set off in the newly loaded boat to return to Canada.

He said he didn’t know what was in the duffel bags, according to the complaint.

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