CBSA makes major drug bust

by MM&D Online Staff

Montreal, Quebec—Border services officers at Montréal-Trudeau Airport Commercial Operations intercepted a shipment of 344 kg of hashish in air cargo in May, 2015.

On May 8, 2015, officers inspected 18 cardboard boxes, sent from Lahore, Pakistan and destined to an address in Montréal, declared as containing shoe soles. Inside the boxes, officers found bags of coffee containing a pasty brown substance. Thorough laboratory tests revealed that the substance was hashish.

The substance was handed over to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) who is pursuing the investigation.

“To detect narcotics among harmless-looking goods, border services officers not only rely on sophisticated detection tools but also their flair and experience. Our officers have a knack for recognizing the most elaborate drug importation schemes,” said Benoît Chiquette, Regional Director General, CBSA, Quebec Region.

During the first five months of 2015, border services officers made 1,342 drug seizures in Quebec. For 2013 and 2014, border services officers made 5,472 seizures of hashish, marijuana or cannabis products in Canada, including 1,232 in Quebec.