‘Drug mules’ drop $1.35m worth of cocaine

Cocaine "drug mules" dropped their bags and ran when Canadian and American officers closed in on them in the south Aldergrove area.

Cocaine “drug mules” dropped their bags and ran when Canadian and American officers closed in on them in the south Aldergrove area earlier this month.

Langley RCMP credit their close working relationship with U.S. Border Patrol and a cooperative effort for the substantial drug seizure.

In the very early morning hours of November 10, Langley RCMP was advised by U.S. Border Patrol officers of three individuals on foot heading north towards the Canadian border. Officers from Langley RCMP were able to communicate with Border Patrol during the investigation by utilizing their joint CAN/AM radio channel.

The border jumpers had crossed the border in the 25600-block and ran eastward for approximately two blocks. Langley RCMP officers and the Lower Mainland District Police Dog Services took over the pursuit in the 25600-block of 0 Avenue.

During the tracking process, officers located two very large backpacks, and these were seized.

The Police Services Dog and Langley RCMP officers continued the track for nearly an hour and a half, but were not successful in locating the suspects, however.

The backpacks were found to contain 30 individually packaged bricks of cocaine. Each one kilogram brick of cocaine had an estimated street value of $45,000, for a total estimated seizure of $1.35 million worth of cocaine.

To date, police have not been able to determine who is responsible for this cocaine smuggling and ask that anyone with information that might assist with this investigation to please call Langley RCMP at 604-532-3200.

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