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B.C. woman arrested at border for carrying $900,000 worth of cocaine

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THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

BLAINE, Wash. — A British Columbia woman is under arrest for allegedly trying to carry $900,000 worth of cocaine from Seattle to Canada.

Robyn Cortney Bell is being held at the Sea-Tac Federal Detention Center on suspicion of cocaine possession with intention to distribute.

According to a complaint filed in federal court, the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol in Blaine received a tip that a woman in a Volvo XC90 was in Seattle on Wednesday loading drugs into a secret hydraulic compartment in her trunk. Later that night, they spotted that vehicle at the border crossing in Blaine.

After a drug detection dog picked up a scent at the back of the vehicle, agents say they discovered 21 sealed packages weighing 23 kilograms. The powder tested positive for cocaine.

Bell’s lawyer, Jeffrey Steinborn, declined to comment on her arrest.

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