CBSA seizes 244 kg of suspected cocaine at the Port of Montréal
MONTREAL, Feb. 7, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced today that its officers have seized 244 kg of suspected cocaine at the Port of Montréal. The narcotics were found on January 30, hidden in a container on a ship coming from Paraguay. Acting on information received by international authorities, the CBSA conducted exhaustive research that led to the container's identification.
The declared goods were scrap metal. However, an X-ray inspection using mobile HCV-M detection technology showed the presence of a dense mass at the back of the container. When the contents were searched, border services officers discovered 16 metal boxes holding 244 kg of suspected cocaine.
The narcotics were turned over to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for
The seizure was made possible thanks to the work of the CBSA
Intelligence Unit, which performed intensive research that led to
container being targeted.
This seizure took many days and required the deployment of substantial
resources by the Marine and Rail Services, Quebec Region.
The seizure was performed in collaboration with the RCMP's National Port
Enforcement Team and the Laval Police Service.
This is the third largest suspected-cocaine seizure in the past 12
months at the Port of Montréal.
In 2013, border services officers from across Canada performed 9,443
narcotics seizures. Of that number, 323 were cocaine seizures totalling
"This seizure of a huge quantity of drugs is the result of the CBSA's expertise, along with that of our local, national and international partners. It shows that the CBSA has a key role to play in crime prevention in Canada and that our officers are always vigilant and ready to intercept illicit substances."
Benoît Chiquette, Regional Director General, CBSA, Quebec Region
Photos available upon request.
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