A convicted drug runner is busted on smuggling charges inside a vehicle with the license plate SMUGLER outside a hotel named the Smuggler's Inn.
Homeland Security agents received a tip in mid-December about a cocaine deal at a Pizza Hut in Bellingham, Wash., the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported.
They set up surveillance at the Pizza Hut and watched as a GMC Yukon with a driver and two passengers pulled in. The license plate read SMUGLER, according to the Calgary Herald.
Agents followed the sport-utility vehicle to the Smuggler's Inn, pulled it over and found nine bricks of cocaine weighing just under 24 pounds, the Post-Intelligencer reported.
One of the passengers, Jasmin Klair, 20, admitted that the illicit cargo was hers and agreed to cooperate with law enforcement officials, according to court documents.
Klair pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to conspiring to cocaine and will be sentenced May 29.
Bob Boule, owner of the Smuggler's Inn, took the recent events in stride. Last year, 57 people were arrested going through his property, according to MSNBC.
"It's part of life on the border," Boule said. "The officers go through on the hour every hour. There are sensors in the yard. We're on camera where we live."