QUEENSTON, ON, Sept. 2 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canada Border Services Agency
(CBSA) announced today that it seized over 69 kilos of marijuana with an
estimated street value of $1,379,320 at the Queenston-Lewiston Bridge
Commercial Operations on August 27, 2009.
CBSA officers intercepted the contraband drugs when a 55-year old truck
driver from Brampton, Ontario was referred for secondary examination. During
an examination of the cab of the truck, CBSA officers discovered US $23,000
currency wrapped in plastic bags, in addition to 33 bundles of marijuana
concealed in two large duffel bags hidden under the bunk. Detector Dog Bobby
and his handler assisted the officers in determining the bags contained
The RCMP took the subject into custody. The driver faces four charges of
importing a controlled substance, possession for the purpose of trafficking,
money laundering and possession of more than $5,000 under the Controlled Drugs
and Substances Act.
"I applaud the CBSA officers involved in this significant seizure of
illicit drugs," said the Honourable Peter Van Loan, Minister of Public Safety.
"This government recognizes that illicit drugs are the foundation of organized
crime in this country. Seizures such as this are a clear sign that our efforts
to fight organized crime and keep illegal drugs out of our communities are
This is the fourth significant drug seizure in the Niagara - Fort Erie
Region in the last two months and the largest marijuana seizure in the
region's history. In 2008, CBSA officers in the Niagara - Fort Erie Region
made over 514 drug seizures, keeping over 270 kilograms of drugs off Canadian
streets. Since January 2009, CBSA officers in the Niagara Region made over 334
drug seizures, keeping over 295 kilograms of drugs off the streets of our
communities valued at almost $30 million.
The RCMP and CBSA investigations are ongoing.
For further information:
For further information: For media information: Jean D'Amelio Swyer,
CBSA Communications, Telephone: (905) 354-2011, Cell: (905) 933-5463