One of suspected smugglers known in BC

Jason Cyrus Arkinstall

According to Kim Bolan of Canada’s National Post, one of the three men captured during an alleged drug smuggling attempt near the Idaho/Canada border Friday was a high-profile member of the Mission chapter of the Hells Angels, based in Mission City, British Columbia.

Hells Angel Jason Cyrus Arkinstall and Lawrence Edward Dwyer were arrested after the two ran into Canada the night of  October 23 after approached by a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Agent assigned the the Bonners Ferry Sector.

Alerted to suspicious activity on a remote Forest Service road, the agent discovered several duffel bags near the location where the two men were hiding.

They held about 84 pounds of cocaine, valued at approximately $1.2 million and around 198 pounds of methamphetamine, valued at approximately $960,000.

A traffic stop was made on Highway 95 by an Idaho State Police Trooper after the description of a vehicle seen leaving the remote area was aired, but no information has been released on whether an arrest was made. Sheriff David Kramer said no one associated with the incident was booked into the Boundary County jail. Requests for information from U.S. Customs and Border Patrol and Idaho State Police have not yet been answered.

“The Federal RCMP Border Integrity Team out of Osoyoos, and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), have initiated respective investigations into a significant seizure of drugs which resulted in several arrests near the US/Canada Border,” RCMP spokesman Sergeant Kris Clark wrote. “Osoyoos Border Integrity Team investigators were aided in their search by RCMP Police Dog Services and members of the Creston and Cranbrook detachments. Despite adverse weather conditions, Jason Arkinstall and Lawrence Dwyer were arrested by RCMP and have been charged in connection with the importation/exportation of a Controlled Substance. A third person was arrested by the US CBP. This investigation is in its infancy and no further details are available at this time.”

Both Askinall and Dwyer appeared in Kelowna Law Courts, each charged with two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking and importing/exporting a controlled substance. Both are listed as being in custody.