During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) continues to address risks and threats at the border to keep our communities safe.
Today, the CBSA announced that border services officers seized 64 bricks of suspected cocaine in the Pacific Highway District.
On March 18, 2021, a commercial driver entered Canada in a tractor-trailer carrying personal care products. During the secondary examination, border services officers used a wide range of detection tools and technology to inspect the goods, and noticed anomalies. Border services officers unloaded the trailer, found a total of 64 individually wrapped brick-shaped objects, and tested the contents, which returned positive for suspected cocaine.
The bricks of suspected cocaine had a combined weight of 71.5 kilograms (nearly 160 pounds) with an estimated value of over $3.5 million.
The CBSA Pacific Region Intelligence Section was engaged and worked with the RCMP Federal Serious and Organized Crime (FSOC) unit on this cross-border smuggling attempt investigation. The RCMP FSOC unit took custody of the driver and the drugs.