BLAINE, WASHINGTON - U.S. authorities patrolling the border south of
Vancouver say increased anti-terrorism security measures have netted
them a year's worth of smuggled marijuana in just four months.

Extra staff and funding were implemented after the September 11 attacks
in order to catch suspected terrorists planning to cross into the United
States.

Dave Keller, with the U.S. border patrol in Blaine, says agents have
made record seizures since September, including a semi-trailer full of
beer that was also packed with over 500 kg of B.C. marijuana.

"Our ability to respond more effectively is behind that, I think there's
just more dope coming down for whatever reason, and probably a bit of
pent-up demand. I think there was a lull through Sept. 11th when
everything shut down," said Keller.

And it appears growers in the province are taking notice of the
crackdown. Dana Larson, the editor of Vancouver's Cannabis Culture
magazine says smugglers are now sending their products to safer, but
less profitable markets in central Canada.

But he adds that others are simply getting creative and disguising their
weed. "There's also things like baked goods, you can make ganja food and
ganja butter and you're more likely to get a couple of cakes over than a
bunch of stinky bud," said Dana Larson.

Canadian authorities point out that north-bound shipments are also
getting caught in the tightened trap. They say marijuana and hard drugs
like cocaine are being intercepted or even abandoned due to the
increased security.


(CBC website)

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