(Ryan Daley and Dan Archibald/Ucluelet RCMP)

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) is assisting the RCMP with its investigation of the double-murder of two B.C. men who went missing last May, the Star learned this week.

U.S. Department of Justice spokesperson Jodie Underwood confirmed to the Star via email on Friday that DEA Vancouver is assisting the RCMP.

Underwood would not provide any other details, saying she was “unable to comment on the matter.”

Ryan Daley, 43, and Daniel Archbald, 37, went missing on May 16 shortly after they returned from an eight-week sailing trip in Panama.

Their remains were found by a Ucluelet woman walking her dog in mid-June.

Two weeks later, the Vancouver Island Integrated Crime Major Unit (VIICMU) labeled the case as a homicide and not a random incident.

“Identifying Mr. Daley and Mr. Archbald is a significant step in this investigation. We can now focus our attention on answering the who, what, when, where and why, in an effort to determine who is responsible for their deaths,” VIICMU said at the time.

According to its website, the DEA’s mission is “to enforce the controlled substances laws and regulations of the United States.”

One of its stated responsibilities is to cooperate and coordinate with foreign governments “to reduce the availability of illicit abuse-type drugs on the United States market.”

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