MISSISSAUGA, ON, March 4, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canada Border Services Agency
(CBSA), the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and the Hamilton
Police Service today announced three seizures of suspected cocaine. The
narcotics were all discovered by border services officers over the
course of four days at the Toronto Pearson International Airport and
the John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport.
On February 1, 2013, border services officers intercepted packages of
narcotics concealed in a mail bag arriving on a flight from Jamaica. A
multiplicity of indicators was observed, which led to the officers to
examine the bag. Inside, officers found six sealed packages of
suspected cocaine weighing nearly six kilograms in total.
On February 3, 2013, a male traveller arriving from Venezuela was
referred for a secondary examination. Officers noted the traveller's
suitcase was unusually heavy despite having been emptied of its
contents. X-ray examination revealed inconsistencies in the body of
the suitcase and an ion scan of the inside of the bag resulted positive
for suspected cocaine. Approximately three kilograms of suspected
cocaine was found concealed along the body and sides of the suitcase.
The narcotics were later laboratory tested and confirmed to be cocaine.
Finally, on February 4, 2013, border services officers at the John C.
Munro Hamilton International Airport examined a courier shipment
declared as coffee. Within a package of coffee beans, officers
discovered a number of brown pellets containing suspected cocaine. The
pellets contained approximately 71.5 grams of suspected cocaine.
"This is an excellent example of work done in collaboration with our law
enforcement partners," said Goran Vragovic, CBSA Regional Director
General of the Greater Toronto Area Region. "The CBSA works diligently
to ensure the free flow of legitimate people and goods, while ensuring
that illegal and dangerous goods are intercepted at the border."
In 2012, CBSA officers in the Greater Toronto Area Region's airports,
postal and cargo processing facilities have seized 800 kilograms of
In 2012, the RCMP charged over 120 persons with drug related offences as
a result of seizures at the Toronto Pearson International Airport. The
RCMP Toronto Airport Detachment's role is to disrupt and dismantle
organized criminal groups using the airport to further criminal
"Every time we are able to keep drugs off our streets, has an impact on
the health and safety of Canadians," stated Inspector Dean Dickson,
officer in charge of the RCMP Toronto Airport Detachment. "With our
partnership with the CBSA, seizures like these are possible."
The drugs were turned over to the RCMP and the Hamilton Police Service
respectively for further investigation.
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.
SOURCE: Royal Canadian Mounted Police
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