US Customs officials at the Blaine border crossing between Vancouver and Seattle are using the arrest of an alleged Islamic terrorist as an excuse to increase border interdiction in a prime pot smuggling zone.
The mid-December arrest of suspected “terrorist” Ahmed Ressam could well be a CIA counterintelligence operation designed to provide cover for increased DEA and Customs interdiction along the Canadian border.
According to US Customs official Eugene Davis, Ressam was arrested after Canadian officials in Victoria tipped off US Customs officials in Port Angeles that Ressam, while driving a luxury Chrysler car onto the Victoria ferry, had acted suspiciously.
US officials jacked Ressam up when he arrived on the American border; when they allegedly found 200 pounds of explosives in his trunk, he ran away but was captured and is now being held pending indictment in Seattle.
According to Davis, the Blaine crossing zone includes 30 land and 150 water miles, and is “full of holes.” The water zone is especially porous, he admitted.
Only 300 Customs agents man the Canadian-US border from the Pacific to the Atlantic, Davis complained, which means that only a “small percentage of illegal crossings are interdicted.”
US Customs relies on the US Coast Guard to patrol border water zones, but their presence is negligible, he admits. Land coverage is similarly lax, although Customs recently installed motion detectors and other electronic devices along the smuggling corridor that extends from Blaine east to the Cascades.
The alleged threat of terrorists sneaking into the US from Canada (Ressam had allegedly hung out with other terrorists in a Vancouver hotel before heading south), means that Customs has already increased its presence in the Blaine corridor, with dozens of agents stationed at remote posts in fields and wooded areas.
Davis has asked Congress to provide Blaine Customs with funding and manpower to implement 24 hour coverage of the remote region, which has become North America’s most important corridor for smuggling high potency marijuana.
Customs has also increased manpower and surveillance along the international border above Michigan and New York. Increased car searches are creating longer lines at border checkpoints in Washington and elsewhere.
Marijuana smugglers are advised to find new routes at least 100 miles from the Blaine corridor, and to be especially suspicious of vehicles or individuals in remote locations along the border.
The Cannabis Warriors Cell, a group of radical direct action pot activists who helped disrupt the WTO talks in Seattle, are urging pot people to hike, bike, jog and drive along the border and disrupt electronic surveillance devices or live personnel “by any means necessary.”
“If you find a listening device, power source or sensor, disable it,” said Trichome Five, a CWC spokeswoman. “If you see Customs officers or vehicles, distract them with meaningless conversation and faux emergencies. Lobby your politicans to resist American attempts to turn the Canadian border into another Mexican border. American pot customers are clamoring for BC dope, and we can’t allow this so-called threat of terrorism to make our supply lines harder to use.”