The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) recently intercepted 900 kg of suspected cannabis during a pair of examination and seizures at a marine container examination facility in Delta.
In a news release issued Wednesday afternoon, the CBSA said on May 26 border services officers conducted an examination of a marine container set for export. With the assistance of a CBSA detector dog and using a wide range of detection tools and technology, officers discovered 1,036 vacuum-sealed bags of suspected cannabis. A total of 592 kilograms of suspected cannabis was seized.
On June 26 officers examined another shipment set for export and identified discrepancies within. Further examination resulted in the discovery of vacuum-sealed bags of suspected cannabis. A total of 100 bags of suspected cannabis weighing approximately 300 kilograms was seized.
“Regardless of the mode of entry (air, marine, land, rail), it is illegal to bring cannabis (and cannabis products) into or out of Canada without a valid Health Canada permit or exemption,” said the CBSA in the news release. “CBSA officers have the authority to examine in-bound shipments as well as goods for export. Personal, mail, courier, and commercial shipments are subject to the Customs Act and may be examined for prohibited goods, including cannabis and cannabis products.
“Avoid seizures, fines or arrest: don’t bring it into Canada. Don’t take it out of Canada.”
Rahul Coelho, A/Director, Metro Vancouver District, Pacific Region CBSA said, “These significant seizures demonstrate our commitment to intercepting illegal narcotics – at import and export – and contributes directly to disrupting criminal organization activity.”
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If you have information about suspicious cross-border activity, please contact the CBSA Border Watch Toll-Free Line at 1-888-502-9060.