A major drug bust in Washington State by Homeland Security Investigations and by the RCMP in British Columbia, played out exactly how former DEA agent, Andrew Hogan, described some drugs were being trafficked between British Columbia and Washington State by the Sinaloa cartel.
In his book, “Hunting El Chapo“, Hogan describes how the Sinaloa used helicopters to move drugs from Washington to British Columbia and according to an affidavit filed in connection with a bust that occurred in June of this year, that is still the way some drugs are illegally moved across the border.
This story in the Vancouver Sun describes how in June, HSI agents seized 188 kilograms of methamphetamine from two suspects in Washington who were meeting a helicopter originating from the Vancouver area to deliver the methamphetamine. The helicopter was supposed to touch down in a heavily forested area and return to Canada with the drugs. The pilot circled above the pick-up spot but did not land as planned and instead took off back to Canada, where an RCMP plane tracked it.
It eventually landed on a property in Chilliwack where RCMP located 72 long guns, 35 handguns, ammunition, cellphone jammers, U.S. government helicopter decals, drones and currency from Canada, the US and Mexico. Two men on the Canadian side were also arrested.