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Samuel Lopez-Rios Charged: US-Canada Border Ecstasy Bust Seizes $1M In Drugs

09/19/2012 11:30 EDT | Updated 11/19/2012 05:12 EST
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LANGLEY, B.C. - A tip from U.S. border officials has helped lead Langley RCMP to a major drug bust.

Cpl. Holly Marks says U.S. border patrol officers called Mounties shortly before 9 p.m. Tuesday night to report a suspicious man was hiding in a ditch just north of the border.

Police, an RCMP helicopter and a dog team flushed out a suspect as they arrived at the scene, in the 27200 block of 0 Avenue, about 60 kilometres southeast of Vancouver.

Marks says the man tried to run but the police dog quickly ended those plans.

Two large duffle bags, stuffed with more than 20 kilograms of MDMA — better known as ecstasy — have been seized and police estimate the value at more than $1 million.

Thirty-year-old Samuel Lopez-Rios of Mexico is in custody charged with trafficking and possession for the purpose of trafficking and is expected to appear in court on Sept. 27.

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