CBSA officers seize suspected opium inside bars of soap

MONTREAL, Nov. 20, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) made eight seizures of suspected opium concealed in bars of soap at the Léo Blanchette Mail Processing Centre (MPC) in Montréal. The total weight of the seized suspected drugs is estimated at nearly nine kilograms. The interceptions were carried out between August 22 and October 1, 2013.

All from Turkey, the packages were destined for addresses in the Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver areas. Border services officers handed the suspected drugs over to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and the Ottawa Police Service for further investigation.

On October 4, 2013, members of the RCMP's Greater Toronto Area Serious and Organized Crime (Toronto East) arrested 47 year-old Majid Nasirkhani of Richmond Hill, Ontario. Nasirkhani has been charged with importation of a controlled substance contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

"The CBSA works closely with its partners to intercept narcotics before they reach our communities. CBSA officers play a key role in intercepting illegal drugs and other contraband at Canadian ports of entry," said Benoît Chiquette, Regional Director General, Quebec Region.

Since the beginning of 2013, border services officers at the Léo-Blanchette MPC have made 1,378 drug seizures in parcels destined to places everywhere in Canada.

Photos available upon request.

SOURCE: Canada Border Services Agency

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Media information
CBSA Communications Office in the Quebec Region
514-350-6130
Que_media_ASFC@cbsa-asfc.gc.ca

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