SURREY, B.C. — Officials in the U.S. and Canada said Wednesday that they have busted an illegal drug operation that used boats in open water in Washington and British Columbia to make transactions.
The RCMP says a Saanich, B.C., man faces 11 charges as a result of the investigation, known as “Operation Shiprider.”
Law enforcement seized more than 55 kilograms of cocaine, more than 47 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine and more than 1 kilogram of heroin.
Fifteen guns, more than $150,000 in cash and two high-speed boats also were seized.
Officials say the drugs were imported from the U.S. and handed over in open water. The Vancouver Sun reports komonewsthat the alleged transactions took place south of San Juan Island between Vancouver Island and Washington state.
Several reports say a Washington state man has already pleaded guilty to drug-related charges.
Court records indicate at Gary Horton pleaded guilty in federal court in Washington last August on a charge of conspiracy to export controlled substances.