A 48-year-old Chilliwack woman was busted at the Sumas border crossing Sunday for allegedly trying to smuggle 110 tablets of Oxycontin into the United States.
U.S. Customs officers said Judy Veronica Peters was walking across the border and declared her intention to visit locally when she was selected for a secondary inspection.
“During questioning she admitted to concealing pills in her underwear,” U.S. Customs Chief Thomas Shreiber said in a news release.
He said a personal search of Peters was conducted and the pills found in her underclothing.
“Officers removed pills which field-tested positive for the properties of oxycodone,” he said.
OxyContin is the brand name of a formula for oxycodone, a narcotic opiate used to relieve pain. In high doses, or combined with alcohol or in persons not tolerant to opiates, oxycodone can cause respiratory or circulatory collapse and death.
Peters was immediately taken into custody and turned over to agents from U.S. Immigration and Homeland Security for further investigation.