Truck Crashes Border in a Hail of Bullets

Truck Crashes Border in a Hail of Bullets
Posted by FoM on October 27, 1999 at 08:49:54 PT
Source: Edmonton Sun
Two men are in jail after a truck carrying marijuana crashed through a border crossing into Canada in a hail of police bullets.
"It's definitely an odd case," RCMP spokesman Cpl. Janice Armstrong said yesterday. "Marijuana is readily available in British Columbia."The incident began just after midnight Monday when border patrol agents stopped a pickup truck driving slowly next to the border in an area well-known for smuggling.As agents approached the vehicle, it sped away heading towards the Peace Arch crossing, where all lanes were blocked except one safety escape route.Armstrong said the truck burst through a barrier at the border, heading straight for a marked police car parked on the other side.The RCMP officer inside heard what sounded like gunfire and fired three shots, one of which hit the vehicle, she said.RCMP pursued the suspects but called the chase off because the truck was travelling dangerously fast.When police found the truck later, the truck's passenger jumped out and tried to run away but was tracked by police dogs and arrested.The driver was arrested without incident when the pickup stopped.Armstrong said police seized two hockey bags containing 17 kg of marijuana divided among 75 small bags along with a loaded .45-calibre semi-automatic pistol. Two-way radios were also found.Jeff William Haugen, 20, of Surrey and Andris Michael Lawson, 21, of no fixed address, are each charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking, possession of a firearm and improper entry into Canada under the Canada Immigration Act. Wednesday, October 27, 1999 Copyright  1999, Canoe Limited Partnership
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