PORT ANGELES - Two Canadian men were arrested early Monday morning when U.S. Customs and Border Protection Border Patrol and Marine Interdiction agents caught the men after a short, high-speed marine chase in the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
According to official reports, Kyle Grayson Gadsby, 25, and Colin Charles Crowe, 26, both of Maple Ridge, B.C., were spotted by Border Patrol agents about 1:30 a.m. coming ashore with large bales wrapped in black plastic west of Port Angeles along state Route 112.
When the agents attempted to stop the pair, they jumped back into their boat and raced north.
A customs boat intercepted the fleeing vessel after a three-minute chase. The two Canadians were delivered to agents waiting on the shore, and the Marine Interdiction agents discovered eight bundles containing 547 pounds of marijuana floating in the water nearby. The drugs and the boat were seized and the men arrested.
“Many of the areas on the Olympic Peninsula are very remote and the geography makes it difficult for any single law enforcement agency, federal, state or local, to deal with the ongoing threat of narcotics smuggling and distribution,” Blaine Border Patrol Sector Chief John Bates said. “U.S. Customs and Border Protection is committed to the interdiction and apprehension of anyone involved in this type of criminal activity.”
Gadsby and Crowe will have their initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Tacoma this afternoon. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is conducting the investigation.