Border Patrol Confiscates ‘Record-Breaking’ 310 Pounds of Ecstasy at U.S.-Canada Border

By Edwin Mora | October 28, 2010 | 8:45 PM EDT

A federal agent monitors the international border in Nogales, Ariz., on Thursday, April 22, 2010. (AP Photo/Matt York)

( - U.S. Border Patrol agents made a “record-breaking” seizure of more than 310 pounds of the illicit drug Ecstasy, worth about $9.4 million, near the U.S.-Canada border in Curlew, Wash.

Agents found the Ecstasy after being tipped off by a local resident,  the Customs and Border Protection Agency said in an Oct. 20 press release. “The combined seizures made this a record breaking amount of Ecstasy seized between the official ports of entry on Washington’s northern border,” CBP said.

Ecstasy is a synthetic drug with amphetamine-like and hallucinogenic properties. It is classified as a stimulant, according to the Partnership for a Drug Free America.

CBP says its agents immediately went to the location after being tipped off and discovered “several backpacks concealed in the brush along a trail near the U.S./Canada border.” The backpacks contained several plastic bags full of pills.

A Border Patrol canine unit found two additional backpacks containing more Ecstasy pills within minutes of the initial discovery.  

“This significant seizure is a direct result of the valued partnership that we share with our local residents and the importance of them reporting any suspicious activity to law enforcement,” said Chief Patrol Agent Gloria Chavez of the Spokane Border Patrol.

“Our CBP canine teams are a critical asset at and between the official ports of entry on the Northern border as they enhance our border security mission,” added Chavez. “On this day, our Border Patrol canine team played a pivotal role in the discovery, interdiction and seizure of this illicit contraband.”

All of the Ecstasy was handed over to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).

The CBP is the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) agency charged with guarding the U.S. borders.