Traffic lines up on the U.S.side of the Aldergrove-Lynden border crossing.

UPDATE: Two arrested for smuggling meth chemicals through Aldergrove border

Crossing was shut down for about an hour after U.S. customs officer was sickened by fumes

Two people from Chilliwack have been charged with trying to smuggle methamphetamine chemicals through the Aldergrove border crossing.

The border was shut down for about an hour on Sunday night (Nov. 23) after U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers made the discover in a 1994 Pontiac Grand Am.

The car arrived at the border around 7 p.m. with a plastic tote tub sealed with plastic wrap containing an unknown liquid and other suspicious materials in the rear seat area.

A U.S. customs officer became ill after breathing fumes from the materials.

The crossing was shut down in both directions and the officer was rushed to Saint Joseph Medical Center in Bellingham.

A Haz-Mat (hazardous materials) team was called in to remove what appeared to be chemicals and equipment used to manufacture methamphetamine.

The injured officer was “successfully treated,” the Blaine U.S. Customs and Border Protection office reported.

The border was re-opened after about an hour.

The two occupants of the car were arrested.

On Monday, 41-year-old Calum James Buchanan and 24-year-old Lola Crystal McKay, both from Chilliwack, appeared before a Whatcom County judge on a charge of possession with intent to manufacture.

The case is being investigated by the U.S. Homeland Security Border Enforcement Security Task Force and is being prosecuted by the Whatcom County Prosecutor’s Office.

“The interdiction of these hazardous chemicals prevents a considerable amount of methamphetamine from reaching the streets of our Nation,” Blaine Area Port Director Kenneth Williams said in a written statement issued Tuesday.

“This seizure demonstrates the vigilance of our frontline officers in securing our borders, keeping our communities safe and in protecting our way of life.”

Just Posted

VIDEO: This is what buying legal pot in B.C. looks like

Take a look inside B.C.’s first and only legal pot shop located in Kamloops

ELECTION: Langley Township council candidate Michael Pratt

A Voter’s Guide to key election questions.

VIDEO: Fire crew mopping up workshop fire near Golden Ears Bridge

Structure fire at 208 and 102B sending plumes of black smoke into air above Walnut Grove

Two Giants picked to play against Russia

Two of Langley’s junior hockey players will be part of the six-game Canada Russia Series next month.

Police want to talk to two pedestrians who might have witnessed shooting

Nobody injured in Sept. 18 shooting on Flagman Street in Abbotsford

Mellow opening to B.C.’s only legal pot shop

About five people lined up early for the opening of the BC Cannabis Store in Kamloops.

BC Ferries begins taking debit in two-month pilot project

Company is giving customers option to use Interac on two-month trial on select vessels

Caregivers banned from smoking, growing cannabis around children-in-care: MCFD

Ministry has limited cannabis use for caregivers, stating it may “pose a risk to children and youth.”

Cheaper strains sell out within minutes on online BC Cannabis Store

Province says new strains will become available in the coming months

Only 40% of B.C. car dealerships have electric cars available: report

Researchers found buyers frustrated at the lack of options

VIDEO: Millionaire Lottery returns to give back and win big

Since 1996, Millionaire Lottery has raised $52 million for the VGH+UBC Hospital Foundation

Test case challenges a politician’s right to block people from Twitter account

3 people say Watson infringed their constitutional right to freedom of expression by blocking them

‘A little odd’ B.C.’s biggest city celebrates cannabis without a legal store

On the streets of downtown Vancouver, notably the Wild West of illegal marijuana, not a single legal store opened Wednesday, making for a rather anticlimatic kick-off

Puff, puff, pass: Cannabis is officially legal across Canada

B.C. has only one bricks-and-mortar marijuana store

Most Read