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Canadian arrested near Stuart Island on boat loaded with 1432 pounds of meth

Seattle – A 51-year-old resident of Alberta, Canada was arrested May 25, 2022 on the water in the U.S. San Juan Islands yesterday in a small watercraft loaded with more than 1400 pounds of methamphetamine. Ted Karl Faupel, was taken into custody after U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) encountered the boat riding low in the water near Stuart Island.

28 duffle bags containing 539 packages of meth found on 18-foot Bayliner Capri. Photos courtesy of DOJ

According to the criminal complaint, officers with CBP’ Office of Field Operations encountered the 18’ Bayliner Capri speedboat as it was headed towards Canada. The boat had Canadian registration numbers. The Customs and Border Patrol vessel used lights and siren to get the watercraft to stop. The officers noted that the speedboat was riding very low in the water.

Shrink-wrapped suspected crystal meth found inside duffle bags. Photos courtesy of DOJ

The boat’s driver, Faupel, agreed to pull back the cabin cover and the officers noted a number of duffle bags that were secured with small luggage padlocks. Acting on border search authority, officers made a small cut in one bag and observed shrink wrap packaging of what appeared to be crystal methamphetamine.

Faupel was taken into custody and the boat was taken to the Bellingham Coast Guard Station where a drug dog alerted to the presence of narcotics. In all, the boat contained 28 duffle-bags filled with 539 packages of methamphetamine. The total weight was nearly 1,432 pounds.

Faupel is charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. Due to the amount of drugs involved, Faupel faces a mandatory minimum ten years in prison. Additionally, Faupel possessed a 9mm firearm at the time of his arrest.

The charges contained in the criminal 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 Homeland Security Investigations in coordination with U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lauren Watts Staniar.


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