Police arrest three in Canada-US drug tunnel raid

OMG! I used to Live in Langley,BC, For about 8 Months, Eons ago...What a bunch of freaking wackos, all for some GD'ed Pot.. why do People get so warped for this crap....they get what they deserve....
Not all people from Canada or Make that BC, are Pot smoking, Tin foil hatted Fuzzy legged(both sexes) Birkenstok wearing Hippie, Greenpeace ,Tree hugging, soy-yogurt- latte drinking, wholphin kissers....

LANGLEY, British Columbia (Reuters) - Three people have been arrested after police raided a sophisticated tunnel intended to smuggle drugs under the U.S.-Canada border between Vancouver and Seattle, investigators said on Thursday.

The smugglers spent more than a year building the 360-foot (110-meter) tunnel that ran from a Quonset hut-style storage building in the rural Aldergrove neighborhood of Langley, British Columbia, to the living room of a home in Lynden, Washington, U.S. and Canadian investigators said.

"It was well built, probably one of the most sophisticated tunnels we've ever seen," said Rod Benson, an agent with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. "There was a significant drug trafficking organization that was responsible for the construction."

Video supplied by investigators showed that the inside of the tunnel was lined with wood supports and concrete reinforced with steel. The builders had installed a small cart to allow them to move freight or people from one end to the other.

Investigators said it was the first time a drug smuggling tunnel had been found on the U.S.-Canada border, although more than 30 such tunnels have been uncovered on the border between Mexico and the United States.

Large quantities of potent "B.C. Bud" are smuggled to the United States each year from British Columbia, where illegal marijuana growing has been estimated to be a more than C$2 billion-a-year industry ($1.7 billion).

Investigators said that while they believe it had only been used briefly to smuggle marijuana to the United States, the tunnel was also likely intended to smuggle illegal immigrants into the United States and cocaine and guns into Canada.

Police raided the tunnel on Wednesday, arresting three men from Surrey, British Columbia. They also seized 93 pounds of marijuana that had been loaded into a vehicle and was being driven across Washington state.

Francis Devandra Raj, 30, Timothy Woo, 34, and Jonathan Valenzuela, 27, have been charged with drug smuggling and are being held in the United States. Investigators said the three men are well known to police in Canada.

Raj owned the property at the tunnel's Canadian entrance. The owner of the property on the U.S. side has not been arrested, but police said they are still investigating.


Neighbors said the builders did a good job hiding their activities. "I'm kind of a nosy person... and I never seen any activity to speak of," said Mike Hamm, who lived not far from Raj's property.

There were unconfirmed reports that an audio tape of automobile repairs was used to mask the digging work inside the hut.

Canadian border officials were tipped off that something was being built in late 2003, and later received reports of wood being delivered to the Aldergrove property and debris being taken away.

U.S. investigators had secretly entered the Lyndon house on July 2, and installed monitoring equipment. A reporter said it appeared the builders had constructed a substantial storage space under the house.

The international boundary in the area of the tunnel is marked by a small ditch that runs between parallel Canadian and U.S. roads. American officials monitor the area with remote-controlled cameras.

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