MONTREAL, Jan. 14, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced today that it has seized nearly two kilograms of suspected heroin at the Léo Blanchette Mail Processing Centre in Montréal.
On January 3, 2013, border services officers examined a parcel containing rugs declared as gifts. When the parcel was opened, the four rugs gave off a fragrant odour. Although no substance was visible, the officers scratched and unravelled the rug fibres, which released a brown powder hidden in the wool of the rugs. A detector dog was brought in to assist and reacted to the scent. The various detection tools used confirmed the presence of about two kilograms of suspected heroin, worth an estimated C$800,000.
"This seizure is the result of the diligent work of CBSA officers who used their search and investigative techniques to identify indicators of concealment," said Benoît Chiquette, CBSA Director General, Quebec Region. "I would like to commend them for their excellent work. Their efforts mean that this illegal drug will not end up in our communities."
In 2012, border services officers in Quebec made 1,653 drug seizures, estimated to be worth more than C$77 million.
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SOURCE: CANADA BORDER SERVICES AGENCY
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