US Marijuana Party

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Canadian pair arrested following marijuana drop, pilot escapes

The Casper Star Tribune, WY
Associated Press

OKANOGAN, Wash. (AP) -- A man and a woman from Vancouver, British Columbia, have been arrested in the latest of at least four apparent marijuana deliveries by float plane, but the pilot and plane got away, authorities said.

Both Canadians were booked into the Okanogan County jail Thursday for investigation of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, Sheriff Frank T. Rogers said.

"We're running ourselves ragged," Rogers said. "It's like an epidemic up here. We're running from call to call."

Investigators seized 325 pounds of pot valued at $1.5 million after seeing a float plane land on Soap Lake, a small lake on the Colville Indian Reservation rather than the larger and better known resort area north of Ephrata, said Sgt. Brad Wilson, commander of the North Central Washington Narcotics Task Force.

The plane's registration numbers were covered and it took off and flew north before agents from the task force could get to the lake, but they did stop a rental vehicle and arrested the two Canadians, Wilson said.


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