Marijuana Cattle Trailer

Officers discovered bundles of “BC Bud” in the floor of a livestock trailer entering the U.S. at the Canadian border.

SEATTLE (AP)—It's not exactly grass-fed beef, but federal authorities say a man hid nearly a ton of marijuana in a cattle trailer he tried to drive across the U.S.-Canada border.

Edwin Fuller, 39, of Langley, British Columbia, was driving a trailer carrying more than two dozen beef cattle into Washington state when he was arrested, a federal prosecutor said.

Inspectors at the Sumas port of entry, east of Blaine, x-rayed the trailer and saw some anomalies in its construction. After the animals were unloaded, they found about 1,700 pounds of marijuana, with a street value estimated at $5 million, hidden in the floor.

``Officers scraped off the natural byproduct of cows and endured the associated odors to unbolt false panels which concealed hundreds of plastic bags of marijuana,'' U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a news release.

Fuller, a commercial truck driver, told agents he was bringing the cattle to Stanwood, north of Seattle, and had made similar trips before, being paid $20,000 each time, according to a complaint sworn by Immigration and Customs Enforcement Special Agent Joseph Abrew. After delivering the cattle, Fuller would wash out the trailer and wait for a phone call from whoever was receiving the drugs, Abrew alleged.

Fuller was arrested for investigation of one count of marijuana possession with intent to distribute.

According to the complaint, Fuller said he got involved because he needed the money, and he didn't know whom he was working for. He declined to deliver the drugs as part of a sting, claiming he had probably been followed, and so those in charge of the conspiracy likely knew he'd been arrested.

On a previous trip, he said, he noticed a black Acura with British Columbia plates following him from the border to Stanwood to make sure there were no problems.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicholas Brown said Fuller made an initial appearance in federal court in Seattle, represented by a public defender.

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