BC, Canada – The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is announcing the seizure of 107.5 kilograms of suspected cocaine at the Pacific Highway Commercial port of entry.
On October 21, 2016, a commercial driver travelling from the United States was seeking entry to Canada at the Pacific Highway Commercial port of entry (POE). During the commercial vehicle examination, border services officers (BSOs) discovered numerous bricks of a white powdered substance among a shipment of rice. After performing a field test, the suspected cocaine was seized.
The man and the drugs were turned over to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). The investigation is ongoing.
“Border services officers at the Pacific Highway Commercial POE are dedicated to strengthening the integrity of our borders and keeping Canadians safe. This significant seizure also highlights the important partnership between the CBSA and the RCMP in keeping Canadians safe by preventing illegal narcotics and prohibited goods from entering our communities.” – Dan Bubas, Chief, Pacific Highway port of entry, CBSA
Last year, BSOs at the Pacific Highway Commercial POE processed over 438,255 travellers and 407,207 commercial vehicles.
From 2011 to 2015, there were over 89 narcotic seizures at the Pacific Highway Commercial POE.
The CBSA is responsible for enforcing over 90 Acts of Parliament, including the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. Any contravention against said Act may lead to prosecution in a court of law.
Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)