FEDERAL WAY MAN ARRESTED FOR CROSS BORDER SMUGGLING ACTIVITIES
Defendant Linked to Backpacks Full of Cocaine Discovered by Boy Scout Ranger
LEROY CARR, 46, of Federal Way, Washington was arrested early Saturday morning near the U.S./Canadian Border on a complaint charging him with Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Distribute. CARR made his initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Seattle Monday. A detention hearing is scheduled for Thursday, September 20, 2007.
According to the complaint, CARR has come to the attention of border agents on numerous occasions. On December 27, 2006, CARR was questioned by officers at the Pacific Highway Port of Entry because he carried a backpack with more than $5,700 in cash, night vision goggles and a global positioning system (GPS) unit with coordinates for a well-known drug smuggling trail. Just a few weeks later, on January 12, 2007, CARR was arrested by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Peace Arch Park for trying to illegally enter Canada. When CARR was returned to the U.S. on January 16, 2007, he was carrying the same GPS unit and more than $9,400 in cash. On two other occasions CARR was found near the border with large amounts of cash. On July 6, 2007, Sumas Police arrested him on a warrant and found he was carrying $4,300 in cash. On July 25, 2007, CARR attempted to cross into the U.S. by walking on the railroad tracks near Sumas. He was escorted back to the border and was found to have more than $6,000 in U.S. and Canadian currency, the GPS device, night vision goggles and two blue backpacks.
On August 7, 2007, CARR contacted ICE agents at the border claiming that he had stashed 31 kilograms of cocaine in two blue backpacks near the border. CARR indicated the drugs were hidden in the brush near the entrance to a boy scout camp. CARR said he stashed the drugs August 3rd, and when he returned on August 4th, they were gone. CARR wanted the ICE agents to put out a press release saying the government had seized the drugs, so that the organized criminal group he works for would not retaliate against him for stealing the drugs. Two weeks later, on August 21, 2007, a Boy Scout Ranger called the Northwest Regional Drug Task Force and reported two blue backpacks he had just found near the entrance to a Boy Scout camp that appeared to contain cocaine. The backpacks were dry and in good shape. Tests showed they contained 31 kilograms of cocaine.
CARR was arrested early Saturday morning September 15, 2007, about 100 yards south of the Sumas Port of Entry.
The charges contained in a complaint are only allegations. A person is presumed innocent unless and until he or she is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
The case is being investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office, and the Northwest Drug Task Force.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kate Crisham.
For additional information please contact Emily Langlie, Public Affairs Officer for the United States Attorney’s Office, at (206) 553-4110.