Canada Border Services Agency

Canada Border Services Agency

October 19, 2012 09:30 ET

CBSA Makes a Significant Ketamine Seizure at the Port of Halifax

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Oct. 19, 2012) - The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) today announced the seizure of approximately 188 kg of ketamine at the Port of Halifax.

The ketamine, in a shipment of rice, was found during a secondary examination of a marine container from India. CBSA officers detected anomalies within the shipment, and proceeded to carefully sift each of the 1,000 bags, to separate the loose ketamine crystals from the grains of rice. CBSA officers seized the ketamine and turned the drugs over to the National Ports Enforcement Team, comprised of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Halifax Regional Police, and CBSA for further investigation.

Ketamine, a tranquilizer with hallucinogenic properties, dissolves in liquid and is odourless and tasteless, allowing it to be slipped into drinks. As its sedative effect has been used to prevent victims from resisting sexual assault, ketamine is referred to as a "date rape" drug.

"Ketamine is a very dangerous street drug," says Andrew LeFrank, Regional Director General, CBSA Atlantic Region. "This seizure has not only kept hundreds of thousands of doses off our streets; it has helped to prevent these drugs from being given to unknowing victims."

The CBSA is collaborating with the RCMP. To date, the investigation has resulted in the execution of several warrants and one arrest.

The CBSA works closely with the RCMP and other law enforcement partners to prevent drugs and other contraband from entering Canada. If you have witnessed or are aware of an incident involving suspicious cross-border activity, please contact the CBSA Border Watch Toll-free Line at 1-888-502-9060.

Photos of the seizure are available upon request.

Contact Information

  • CBSA Atlantic Region Communications