Alleged Drug Smuggler Busted With ‘SMUGLER’ License Plate
A 20-year-old was busted at the Canadian border with 9 bricks of cocaine. Police acted on a tip of smuggling activity, when they set up investigation at the Smuggler’s Inn Bed and Breakfast, just feet from the US/Canadian border. According to TheProvince.com , a black GMC Yukon, bearing the license plate ‘SMUGLER’ and driven by the Inn’s owner, arrived with two guests. When questioned by police, one of the passengers in the ‘SMUGLER’ vehicle, became nervous and agitated when asked about her identity. She admitted the white box in the back was hers, giving police permission to look inside, where they found the cocaine.
She was arrested and agreed to cooperate with police. She said she met with two men the previous day in Canada and arranged the pick up of the drugs. She was given a prepaid phone and promised $4,000 cash when she delivered the product. According to SeattlePI.com , she was also given $200 for a room at the Smuggler’s Inn, $100 for the driver, and $300 spending money. The woman was instructed to ask for a downstairs room facing the Canadian border.
After police caught her, one of the two men called her, attempting to convince her to walk the package across the border. When she did not, two men pulled up at the Smuggler’s Inn, and were arrested after a short foot chase. Both men pled not guilty and are still being held in jail.
The Smuggler’s Inn is a Victorian mansion with eight rooms bearing names like ‘Al Capone,’ advertising its prowess with smugglers along the border. The bed and breakfast is just feet from the border, and its website boasts news stories about the numerous smuggling arrests on the property. Guests can even rent night vision goggles from the inn to watch the border patrol “cat and mouse game.”