CBSA seizes 300 kilos of marijuana hidden under a ship's hull in Saguenay



    SAGUENAY, QC, Aug. 27 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canada Border Services Agency
(CBSA) announced today that it seized 300 kilos of marijuana hidden under the
hull of a ship docked at the port of Saguenay on August 25, 2009. The drugs
were found in seven metal cylinders attached to the sea chest area below the
water line of the vessel. This is the most important seizure of drugs hidden
under the hull of a ship in Quebec.
    Officers from the CBSA's Flexible Response Team discovered the contraband
using a remote-operated vehicle (ROV) that examines the hull of ships. The ROV
revealed an anomaly around the hull that warranted further investigation.
Since only divers could reach that section of the hull, the CBSA requested the
assistance of divers from the Sûreté du Québec to identify and retrieve the
cylinders.
    "I congratulate the outstanding work of CBSA officers in keeping 300
kilos of illegal drugs off our streets," said the Honourable Peter Van Loan,
Minister of Public Safety. "The drug trade is the foundation of organized
crime in our communities and that is why this government committed $102
million over five years under the National Anti-Drug Strategy to give law
enforcement agencies the tools they need to achieve results. We also continue
to introduce much-needed legislation to strengthen the effectiveness of law
enforcement agencies in this area. This seizure sends a strong message that
the trafficking and distribution of illegal drugs will not be tolerated."
    The vessel, which was flying the Hong Kong flag, was arriving from
Jamaica and carrying bulk cargo. The seized goods were handed over to the RCMP
for investigation.
    In 2008-2009, the CBSA made 8,583 narcotic seizures that had a total
value of almost $440 million. Of this total, over $17.3 million worth of drugs
was intercepted by CBSA officers in the marine mode.

    Photos available upon request.




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Border Services Agency, (514) 350-6130


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