MONTREAL, July 24, 2014 /CNW/ - On July 10, 2014, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) seized 208.95 kg of suspected hashish in the cargo section of the Montreal-Trudeau Airport. The drugs were hidden in a shipment of 59 boxes of chocolates.
During an X-ray examination, the border services officers detected anomalies at the bottom of some of the boxes. A more in-depth examination led the officers to discover the suspected drugs in 29 of the 59 boxes. There were 199 packets of 1.05 kg of hashish in all, for a total of 208.95 kg.
The drugs were handed over to the RCMP, who opened an investigation.
In 2013, the CBSA carried out 2,051 drug seizures in Quebec, of which 198 occurred at the Montreal-Trudeau Airport.
"Border Services Officers play a crucial role in intercepting drugs at the border before they enter our communities and neighbourhoods. Regardless of how they hide their drugs, traffickers will find us blocking their path and preventing them from smuggling into our country illegal drugs that finance organized crime."
- Benoît Chiquette, Regional Director General, CBSA, Quebec Region
SOURCE: Canada Border Services Agency
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