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Originally published Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 3:12 PM

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US-Canada border shooting suspects in custody

Four people are now in custody after what officials describe as a foiled drug smuggling run across Washington state's border with Canada.

The Associated Press

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SUMAS, Wash. —

Four people are now in custody after what officials describe as a foiled drug smuggling run across Washington state's border with Canada.

Court documents unsealed Wednesday say American Border Patrol agents encountered two men trying to smuggle 58 pounds of MDMA, or ecstasy, into the U.S. east of Sumas on Tuesday.

One, identified as Jeffrey Laviolette, was captured. Agents say the other one, identified as Nathan Hall, fired gunshots at them and ran. Hall was later arrested in Abbotsford, British Columbia.

Investigators also arrested a Bellingham woman they say planned on picking up the pair at the border, and her boyfriend, who reportedly told officers that he was going to be paid $11,000 to drive the drugs to San Francisco.

The three defendants in U.S. custody have been charged with conspiracy and possession of MDMA with intent to distribute.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

Two men who confronted a U.S. border patrol with one firing a shot in a remote forested area along the Canadian border in Washington are in custody and agents recovered two backpacks at the scene with 58 pounds of amphetamine, the Customs and Border Protection agency said.

Border Patrol agents encountered the two camouflage men carrying backpacks at 9:10 Tuesday in the Columbia Valley area, about five miles east of the highway border crossing at Sumas. The area is a known drug smuggling corridor, authorities said.

One of the men fired a weapon and fled into the woods. The other was caught.

A manhunt ensued with multiple local and national law enforcement agents searching both sides of the border on the ground and by helicopter.

The fleeing suspect was tracked to a home in Abbotsford, British Columbia, just across the border from Sumas. He was arrested at a residence at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday, police said.

The man is a Canadian with a criminal history, but his name won't be released until he is charged, said Constable Ian MacDonald. He didn't say if a gun was recovered.

The man arrested Tuesday was making his first court appearance Wednesday afternoon in federal court in Seattle.

The 58 pounds of drugs found in the backpacks was described as an amphetamine-based product.

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