SEATTLE (AP) — U.S. authorities said they stopped a small boat carrying a large shipment of methamphetamine after seeing it rolling low in water near Canada’s border with Washington state.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection said officers stopped the 18-foot (5.5-meter) Bayliner speedboat in the San Juan Islands on Wednesday as it headed for Canada.

They reported finding 1,432 pounds (650 kg) of methamphetamine on board, packaged in 28 duffel bags secured with luggage padlocks.

The occupant of the boat, identified as Alberta, Canada, resident Ted Karl Faupel, was arrested for distributing drugs. He made a first appearance in US District Court in Seattle on Thursday; his attorney, federal public defender Vanessa Pai-Thompson, declined to comment.

According to a federal criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Seattle, Faupel told investigators he was hiking near a marina in Sidney, Vancouver Island, when someone approached him. and offered him $1,000 to move a boat from Sidney to Anacortes, Washington. , and back.

According to the complaint, he said he left Vancouver Island on Tuesday. He said four men met him at a Washington State Parks boat dock, picked up the boat on a trailer and dropped it off at a hostel. The next day they brought him back to the dock and he left in the newly loaded boat to return to Canada.

He said he didn’t know what was in the duffel bags, according to the complaint.

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