OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Aug. 18, 2014) - Canada Border Services Agency
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) today announced enforcement highlights for the period of July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014. The Agency seized an impressive amount of narcotics compared to the previous year. These seizures help to safeguard the security of Canadian citizens by stopping the drugs before they enter Canada.
- The largest cocaine seizure during this one year period in January of 2014, at the Port of Montreal. The total weight of cocaine seized was over 240 kg.
- This past May, over 123 kg of suspected cocaine in 105 packages was found at the Blue Water Bridge port of entry, in Sarnia, Ontario. The packages were concealed within the walls of the bed of a pickup truck.
- And most recently in June, CBSA officers at the Edmonton International Airport, Commercial Operations, received information from the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team of a suspicious tractor-trailer. After examining the trailer, CBSA officers located and seized 197 kg of suspected marijuana and 14 kg of suspected heroin. This was the largest ever single seizure of suspected heroin and suspected marijuana in Alberta.
Such outstanding results are a combination of ongoing collaboration with our law enforcement partners, a modern border using automated targeting systems, reliable and accurate intelligence, experienced and knowledgeable officers, and the work accomplished by a variety of enforcement teams.
Keeping these drugs from entering Canada means fewer narcotics in our cities and out of the hands of Canadians.
- Cocaine: The amount seized was up nearly 70% over this time last year meaning an additional 600 kg were prevented from entering Canada;
- Marijuana: An additional 200 kg was kept off Canadian streets, nearly 50% more than the previous year;
- Hashish: 10 times the amount of hashish was seized with CBSA intercepting over 800 kg more than the same time frame last year; and
- Amphetamines: 20% more was seized, preventing an additional 1000 doses of the drug from reaching Canadians.
CBSA seizes 244 kg of suspected cocaine at the Port of Montréal
CBSA seizes over 123 kg of suspected cocaine at Blue Water Bridge
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