CBSA seizes over $350,000 of cocaine at Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau International Airport in Montréal

MONTREAL, Jan. 14 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced today that its officers at Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau International Airport in Montréal seized approximately 3 kg of cocaine over the holiday season. The drugs have a street value of $353,750.

On December 25, 2010, border services officers intercepted a total of 1.33 kg of cocaine in two related incidents. Two men from Laval on a flight from Jamaica had swallowed the narcotics. One of them had ingested 106 pellets, while the other had ingested 151 pellets. The men were arrested and turned over to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) for contravening the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. The drugs, worth an estimated $166,250, were also turned over to the RCMP.

On December 26, 2010, during a more in-depth examination of a traveller's luggage, border services officers found drugs in a false-bottom suitcase. Officers found a total of 1.5 kg of cocaine estimated at $187,500. The man, a resident of Barbados, was on a flight from Barbados. He was arrested and turned over to the RCMP along with the drugs.

In 2010, CBSA officers at Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau International Airport made 220 drug seizures valued at over $15M.

CBSA officers play a vital role in intercepting illegal drugs and other contraband at Canadian ports of entry. These seizures help deter the smuggling of illegal drugs, which undermines the safety of Canadian communities and fuels organized crime.

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