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Tip from U.S. border guards leads to ecstasy bust

Ecstacy pills like these were seized in a drug bust near the U.S. border.

JONATHAN HAYWARD/THE CANADIAN PRESS

A tip from U.S. border officials has helped lead Langley RCMP to a major drug bust.

Corporal Holly Marks says U.S. border patrol officers called Mounties shortly before 9 p.m. Tuesday night to report that a suspicious man was hiding in a ditch just north of the border.

Police, an RCMP helicopter and a dog team flushed out a suspect as they arrived at the scene, in the 27200 block of 0 Avenue, about 60 kilometres southeast of Vancouver.

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Cpl. Marks says the man tried to run but the police dog quickly ended those plans.

Two large duffle bags, stuffed with more than 20 kilograms of MDMA – better known as ecstasy – have been seized and police estimate the value at more than $1-million.

Thirty-year-old Samuel Lopez-Rios of Mexico is in custody charged with trafficking and possession for the purpose of trafficking and is expected to appear in court on Sept. 27.

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