MONTREAL, March 14, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canada Border Services
Agency (CBSA) announced today that it seized more than six kilograms of
suspected opium in a parcel at the Léo Blanchette International Mail
Processing Centre in Montréal.
On February 19, 2013, an X-ray examination of a package from Turkey
revealed the presence of hidden masses inside animal statuettes. The
officers then discovered packages of a brownish and smelly substance
that had been concealed within the figurines. The substance contained
over 6 kilograms of suspected opium.
"I am proud of this seizure by CBSA officers, who are Canadians' first
line of defense against the entry of illegal drugs into our country,"
said Benoît Chiquette, Regional Director General of the CBSA in Quebec.
"Stopping the smuggling of illegal drugs at our border plays a big part
in making our communities safer."
In 2012, border services officers made 958 seizures of narcotics or
controlled substances in parcels in Montréal.
During this same year, border services officers in Quebec made 1,653
SOURCE: CANADA BORDER SERVICES AGENCY
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