Two arrests as a result of a significant suspected cocaine seizure in Nova Scotia

Halifax, Nova Scotia – The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) announced today a seizure of approximately 273 kg of suspected cocaine in Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia. This seizure resulted in two arrests.

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On the evening of September 3, 2017, CBSA officers in Halifax boarded a small vessel which arrived from Saint Martin. On board, the officers located and seized several bricks of suspected cocaine. CBSA contacted the Nova Scotia RCMP Federal Serious and Organized Crime Unit shortly after to continue the investigation.

On September 4, the RCMP arrested two individuals and seized a vehicle as part of the investigation. CBSA turned all evidence over to the RCMP. Assistance was provided by the RCMP Lunenburg District and Halifax Regional Police.

Jacques John Grenier (age 68), from Hubbards, Nova Scotia, was located and arrested at the scene at approximately 11:30 pm He was charged with:

  • possession for the purposing of trafficking (cocaine)
  • importation of a controlled substance (cocaine)
  • conspiracy to import a controlled substance (cocaine)

Luc Chevrefils (age 59), from Montréal, Quebec, was located and arrested at approximately 4 a.m. at a hotel in Dartmouth. He was charged with:

  • possession for the purposing of trafficking (cocaine)
  • conspiracy to import a controlled substance (cocaine)

Both individuals appeared in Halifax Provincial Court on September 5 and have been remanded until their next court appearance scheduled for September 8 at 9:30am.

The investigation continues.

Photo by CBSA
Photo by CBSA
Photo by CBSA
Photo by CBSA

‘‘This is another significant drug seizure which demonstrates the efforts of our dedicated officers to protect the integrity of our border. The collaboration between the CBSA and the RCMP resulted in this successful seizure, and highlights that using our borders for illegal activities, such as drug importation, will not be tolerated.” – Calvin Christiansen, Regional Director General, CBSA Atlantic Region

“This seizure represents the great work being done with our partners at the CBSA. By sharing intelligence and coordinating enforcement activities, we are targeting criminal groups and networks that are using increasingly sophisticated methods to attempt to smuggle drugs into our country. This great work has prevented dangerous drugs from reaching our communities. – Supt. Alfredo Bangloy, Federal Policing Officer, RCMP Nova Scotia

Quick Facts

  • This is the second significant suspected drug seizure in 2017 in Nova Scotia.
  • In May 2017, a significant seizure of approximately 200 kg of hashish was found hidden in a chocolate bar shipment at the Port of Halifax.
  • If you have information about suspicious cross-border activity, please contact the CBSA Border Watch Toll-free Line at 1-888-502-9060.

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