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Canadian at US border tried to bribe his way out of trouble, customs officers say

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Sumas border crossing, from cbp.gov

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say a man from Nanaimo, British Columbia, tried to bribe his way out of trouble at the U.S. border with Canada. Charges say the man was caught crossing the border with marijuana and shotgun shells.

The Bellingham Herald reports Brian James DeCoteau, 52, has been charged with bribing a public servant, a class B felony, in Whatcom County court.

Prosecutors say he offered an officer two Canadian $100 bills to look the other way and let him cross the border at Sumas on Monday.

DeCoteau owns a landscaping business on Vancouver Island.