CBSA seizes nearly $2 million worth of cocaine concealed in a tire

MONTREAL, Nov. 7, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officers intercepted 16 kg of cocaine concealed in the spare wheel of a vehicle. The estimated resale value of the drugs seized in Stanstead is nearly $2 million.

It was the vigilance of officers at the Highway 55 border crossing that led them to perform a thorough search on a passenger vehicle on the evening of November 2. The drugs were hidden inside the tire of a spare wheel mounted under the vehicle.

CBSA officers play an essential role in intercepting illegal drugs and other contraband items at Canada's ports of entry. These seizures help to prevent illegal drug smuggling that endangers the safety of Canadian communities and generates profits for organized crime.

From January 1, 2010, to December 31, 2010, the CBSA performed 1,864 drug seizures, for a total value of $150 million.

The drug was handed over to the RCMP for further investigation.

Photos available on request.

SOURCE CANADA BORDER SERVICES AGENCY

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