MONTREAL, July 12, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canada Border Services Agency
(CBSA) announced today three seizures totalling 25 kilograms of opium
at the Léo Blanchette Mail Processing Centre in Montréal. These
significant seizures have led to the arrest of an individual in Burnaby
(British Columbia) by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).
On June 12 and June 19, 2012, the X-ray examination of packages from
Turkey showed that a substance had been hidden inside the goods
contained in the shipment. Using a drill, officers were able to extract
a brownish substance: opium. The drug had been carefully hidden inside
automobile shock absorbers.
"This arrest sends a clear message that the importation of illicit drugs
across our border will not be tolerated," said Benoît Chiquette,
Regional Director, Quebec Region. "The CBSA works closely with the RCMP
to prevent drug trafficking and stop these drugs from reaching our
The seizure is a result of CBSA officers' vigilance and expertise when
conducting in-depth examinations of parcels.
The drug was handed over to the RCMP who proceeded with an
During the 2011-2012 fiscal year, CBSA officers at the Léo Blanchette
Mail Processing Centre in Montréal made 1,645 drug seizures.
Photos available upon request.
SOURCE CANADA BORDER SERVICES AGENCY
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CBSA Media Relations, Quebec Region
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