02/27/2014 02:41 EST | Updated 04/29/2014 05:59 EDT

Border Drug Runner Suspects Nabbed In Abbotsford

The U.S.-Canadian border is marked by a cleared line through a forest that continues into the mountains near Sumas, Wash., and Abbotsford, British Columbia in Canada, Feb. 1, 2005, viewed from the air. From Blaine, Wash., at the western edge of the boundary, to Houlton, Maine, on the eastern end, the northern border is a labyrinth of mountains, prairies and waterways that constitute a vast, daunting domain for Border Patrol agents assigned to secure it. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
ABBOTSFORD, B.C. - Police in Abbotsford, B.C., are crediting cross-border teamwork in the arrests of two suspected drug smugglers.

Const. Ian MacDonald says U.S. Border Patrol alerted officers east of Vancouver about two suspicious men heading north across the Canada-U.S. border at about 8:45 Wednesday night.

MacDonald says a police helicopter, dog team and several units rushed to the rural and remote section of southeastern Abbotsford in the Fraser Valley.

He says outstanding communication between Canadian and U.S. officers helped Canadian officials locate two men, aged 23 and 49, while U.S. officers traced two backpacks south of the border.

About 20 kilograms of suspected methamphetamine was found in the packs.

Two suspects remain in a Canadian jail awaiting a decision on what charges could be laid and where the case should proceed.

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