CBSA makes its 6th significant cocaine seizure in a year

    SURREY, B.C., March 15 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canada Border Services Agency
(CBSA) announced today that its officers at the Pacific Highway border
crossing have seized 116 kilograms (kg) of cocaine that was hidden in a
shipment of lemons.
    On January 16, 2007, officers became suspicious of a driver of a
tractor-trailer, and he was referred for a secondary examination. While
inspecting the cargo, which was listed as a shipment of fresh lemons from
California, officers discovered several boxes actually contained bricks of
    In total, CBSA officers found 100 bricks of cocaine. The driver was
arrested by the CBSA and turned over to the RMCP, which continues to
investigate this case.
    "This important seizure of cocaine is another example of the great work
our law enforcement agencies are doing to keep drugs off our streets and out
of our communities," said Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day. "Canadians can
be assured that our border services officers will continue to apprehend
individuals who attempt to smuggle illegal substances into our country."
    This is the sixth significant cocaine seizure made by CBSA officers in
the Pacific Highway District since February 2006. Previous seizures of cocaine
included the following:

    February 8, 2006 - 76.78 kg (Commercial Operations)
    March 27, 2006 - 104.77 kg (Commercial Operations)
    June 3, 2006 - 67.53 kg (Commercial Operations)
    November 20, 2006 - 11.8 kg (Traffic Operations)
    December 7, 2006 - 46.9 kg (Huntingdon)

    The Pacific Highway District includes the ports of Aldergrove, Boundary
Bay, Douglas (Peace Arch), Huntingdon and Pacific Highway.

For further information:

For further information: Paula Shore, CBSA, Communications Manager,
(604) 531-3644

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