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Cross-border drug bust

Charges have been laid against a B.C. man who allegedly trafficked more than 100 kilograms of drugs between the United States and Canada.

RCMP Chief Supt. Keith Finn says a six-month, cross-border investigation with authorities in the United States found two vessels meeting on multiple occasions just south of San Juan Island, between Vancouver Island and Washington state.

Finn says police seized 55 kilograms of cocaine, 47 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine and more than a kilogram of heroin in February 2017 after one of the vessels docked in Canada.

Two high-speed vessels, firearms and $150,000 in cash were also seized.

Mounties say 51-year-old William Barnes of Saanich has been charged with multiple drug trafficking and firearms offences.

U.S. officials say Gary Horton of Washington state has pleaded guilty to trafficking-related charges and will be sentenced in September.



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