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It turns out that extensive smuggling operations have been going on here for some time, and 0,000 worth is brought in yearly by sloops from Victoria, British Columbia, which send boats to the shore near Seattle to leave the drug with professionals on shore.

It is then either sold to Chinese of shipped to Portland and San Francisco for transportation East in trunks, valises, etc.

A total of 3,033 half-pounds of the drug are seized, which net the government about ,000 when resold.

Up to then, it is "[The Customs Service office responsible for a seizure was allowed to auction the opium off to local merchants and to keep the proceeds.

As indicated above, per half-pound (i.e., per can of 5 Chinese ounces) was an implausibly high price. Gardner apparently gets out of this by claiming that it was part of his official duties but is then arrested again, for arranging the smuggling of another 500 pounds of opium from Canada to Tacoma on the steamer George Starr.

- per can would have been more realistic.] Edwin A Gardner, former Chief Customs Inspector at Puget Sound, is arrested on February 15 in northern New York State for trying to being 1500 pounds of unstamped opium into the US from Canada, in a sleigh, The opium is stored in the U. At his trial on June 29, he is accused of trying to cover his tracks by sending the opium to Wallula in Eastern Washington by train, then to Portland, then to Seattle. Beecher, Gardner's superior, is not named as a member of the conspiracy but agrees to be a witness for the defense. Charles Haines of Chicago, is arrested in Seattle for having removed the original 1500 pounds from Ogdensburg; he presumably has brought it to Washington State and passed it to Gardner.

C.) Harbor as secretly and mysteriously as when she sailed from that place six weeks ago, heavily laden with opium and Chinese.

Her officers and crew will give no information regarding the cruise, but the United States Secret Service detectives who are in Victoria watching her movements learned through one of he seamen that the vessel had touched on the California Coast and at the Hawaiian Islands since leaving Victoria.""In December 1893, the U. district attorney for Oregon indicted twenty-eight men in the United States District Court.

Suspicious of the shipment, a Victoria customs agent telegraphed ahead to the Astoria, Oregon customs house, located at the mouth of the Columbia River—the main waterway into the city of Portland.Working on a tip, the owners of the Wilmington headed downriver to retrieve the ship and dump its illicit contents.But customs agents had already apprehended the shipment.Then began one of the largest nineteenth-century opium and immigrant smuggling cases on the West Coast.Of the Portland-British Columbia operation, one San Francisco newspaper declared, 'the [smuggling] has been carried to an extent and audacity little short of marvelous." It is announced that two new revenue cutters are being built in Port Townsend for use by the Coast Guard in Puget Sound.

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