Seizure of $825,000 Worth of Ketamine Near Washington Border 'a Step in the Right Direction'


U.S. Border Patrol agents in Whatcom County seized 2.2 pounds of ketamine in a remote area near the international border with Canada earlier this week.

While on patrol Sunday, Sept. 18, Blaine Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Sumas Station located a man who had illegally cross the U.S.-Canada border in a remote area east of Sumas, according to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection release Wednesday, Sept. 21.

While searching the man's bag, agents discovered a plastic bag that contained 2.2 pounds of a substance that tested positive for ketamine, a dissociative anesthetic that is medically used as anesthesia and recreationally for its hallucinogenic effects.

According to, a single dose of ketamine is usually 30 to 60 milligrams and can run between $20 and $25, meaning the 2.2-pound seizure could be worth more than $825,000.

"Blaine Sector Border Patrol agents secure and protect our nation with diligence and hard work," Blaine Sector Chief Patrol Agent David S. BeMiller said in the release. "Their commitment to keep dangerous drugs out of our communities is admirable. This seizure is a step in the right direction."

It also represents the second large seizure by Blaine Sector Border Patrol Agents in a week and a half. On Sept. 9, Border Patrol agents found and seized more than $1.7 million of crystal methamphetamine in an abandoned Hummer H3 left in a residential area near the border.