Lawrence Edward Dwyer and Jason Cyrus Arkinstall were allegedly spotted in Idaho with close to five duffel bags of cocaine and meth worth more than US$2 million.
The B.C. government wants to keep a truck belonging to a man arrested with a B.C. Hells Angel last fall, alleging the vehicle was used in a drug-smuggling operation.
The truck’s owner, Lawrence Edward Dwyer, and Hells Angel Jason Cyrus Arkinstall were arrested near Creston on Oct. 23, 2020, and charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking and importing a controlled substance.
Both men are due back in provincial court next week.
The two were allegedly spotted south of the border in Idaho with close to five duffel bags of cocaine and methamphetamine worth more than US$2 million.
U.S. Border Patrol agents had been tipped to suspicious activity on a remote forest service road near the Canadian border and “located two individuals who were concealing themselves,” agency press officer Jason Givens said at the time.
As the agents approached them, the men ran back across the border into Canada, Givens said. The drugs were found near where the suspects had been hiding.
A lawsuit filed this month by the B.C. director of civil forfeiture said Dwyer’s 2016 GMC Sierra had been parked north of the border near Kidd Creek on Oct. 23, 2020. And the director said in his statement of claim that “Dwyer used or intended to use the vehicle for the purpose of possessing, importing, possessing for the purpose of trafficking and/or trafficking in controlled substances or otherwise facilitating the possessing, importing, possessing for the purpose of trafficking and/or trafficking in controlled substances.”