B.C. Bud, potent marijuana hydroponically grown in British Columbia that has fueled a multimillion-dollar narcotics-smuggling industry in the Pacific Northwest, is invading Minnesota, says the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “The problem has migrated east — into border towns in North Dakota and Minnesota and as far as Detroit,” said Mike Milne of U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Seattle. As the number of drug busts along the Minnesota-Canadian border has increased in recent months, amounts seized by customs officials have grown. “Forty pounds of B.C. Bud used to be a large seizure,” said one official, who added that seizures now run “200 pounds and up.”
Rising concern are summer’s traditional increase of recreational traffic across the border; the rising value of B.C. Bud–$3,000 a pound at the border and $6,000 a pound on the black market–and the recent arrest in Grand Portage, Minn., of a California man who allegedly tried to smuggle more than $100,000 in cash, hidden in vacuum-sealed bags, into Canada.