Significant seizure of hashish leads to joint investigation and one arrest

Halifax, Nova Scotia – The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) announced today that a seizure of approximately 200 kg of hashish at the Port of Halifax resulted in one arrest. The goods were destined for Ontario, where the arrest occurred.

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On May 25, 2017, CBSA officers in Halifax, acting on a referral from the National Targeting Centre, noted anomalies in X-ray images while examining a marine container. The shipment, declared as chocolate, originated in the Netherlands. After further examination, officers located and seized 100 chocolate bars each containing two kilograms of hidden hashish.

All evidence was turned over to the RCMP for further investigation.

On June 23, 2017, Owen Jagasar (age 51), from Mississauga, Ontario, was charged for:

Importation of a controlled substance under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA)

Possession for the purpose of trafficking under the CDSA

Two counts for conspiring to commit an indictable offence under the Criminal Code

The CBSA and RCMP work closely with their domestic and international law enforcement partners to ensure the safety and security of Canada’s border.

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‘‘This is a significant seizure, and a great example of how our border services officers use a combination of instinct, training and tools to intercept illegal drugs, and keep them off of our streets. In collaboration with the RCMP and other law enforcement partners, we’re proud to be able to protect the Canadian public from illegal activities and maintain the safety of our communities.” – Calvin Christiansen, Regional Director General, CBSA Atlantic Region

“The result of this investigation demonstrates how the RCMP works effectively with partners such as CBSA to keep illicit drugs out of our communities.” – Orest Hnatykiw, Inspector, RCMP Toronto Airport Detachment

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