Canadian, American Officials Meet to Discuss Smuggling: But which way are the drugs flowing? 2/13/98

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In what could prove to be a sign of things to come, officials from western Canada and western US states met last weekend (Feb. 8-9) to discuss cross-border crime, especially drugs. The drug trade is apparently flourishing in both Washington State and British Colombia, which concerned representatives from both countries. But far from finding solutions to smuggling along the border, which stretches for more than 2,000 miles encompassing vast stretches of wilderness, mountains, and parts of the Great Lakes, officials couldn't even seem to agree on which direction the drugs are flowing.

Christine Gregoire, attorney-general for Washington State, told The Vancouver Sun "The border county prosecutor told me there is a new strain of heroin and cocaine of a magnitude we've not seen before." The Sun reports that Gregoire thinks it is coming down from Canada. But Ujjal Dosanjh, British Colombia's Attorney-General, told the Sun that he thought that the drugs were coming north from the states.

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