MONTREAL, Que.--The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) said its officers have seized 244 kg of suspected cocaine at the Port of Montréal. The narcotics were found on January 30, hidden in a container on a ship coming from Paraguay. Acting on information received by international authorities, the CBSA conducted exhaustive research that led to the container’s identification, the agency said in a release.
The declared goods were scrap metal. However, an X-ray inspection using mobile HCV-M detection technology showed the presence of a dense mass at the back of the container. When the contents were searched, border services officers discovered 16 metal boxes holding 244 kg of suspected cocaine.
The narcotics were turned over to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for further investigation.
According to the CBSA, this seizure took many days and required the deployment of substantial resources by the Marine and Rail Services, Quebec Region.
The seizure was performed in collaboration with the RCMP’s National Port Enforcement Team and the Laval Police Service.
This is the third largest suspected-cocaine seizure in the past 12 months at the Port of Montréal, said the CBSA. In 2013, border services officers from across Canada performed 9,443 narcotics seizures. Of that number, 323 were cocaine seizures totalling 1,145 kg.