Alberta man charged after U.S. authorities find 650 kg of meth on boat headed for B.C. waters

U.S. authorities say they stopped a small boat carrying a large shipment of methamphetamine after they saw it riding low in the water near the Canadian border with Washington state.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection said officers stopped the 5.5-metre Bayliner speedboat in the San Juan Islands, east of Victoria, as it was headed toward B.C. waters on Wednesday.

They reported finding 1,432 pounds (650 kilograms) of meth on board, packed in 28 duffel bags secured with luggage padlocks.

The boat’s occupant, identified as Alberta resident Ted Karl Faupel, was arrested on a drug distribution count. He made an initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Seattle on Thursday. 

His attorney, federal public defender Vanessa Pai-Thompson, declined to comment.

A photo supplied by the U.S. Attorney’s Office shows more than two dozen duffel bags officials said were filled with methamphetamine and found on board a boat near the San Juan Islands. (Supplied by U.S. Attorney’s Office)

According to a federal criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Seattle, Faupel told investigators he had been hiking near a marina in Sidney, B.C., when someone approached him and offered him $1,000 to move a boat from Sidney to Anacortes, Wash., and back.

According to the complaint, he said he left from Vancouver Island on Tuesday. He said four men met him at a Washington State Parks boat dock, took the boat on a trailer and dropped him off at an inn. The next day, they brought him back to the dock and he left in the newly loaded boat to return to Canada.

He said he did not know what was in the duffel bags, the complaint said.

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