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Border officials seize illegal cargo at East Coast port

HALIFAX, N.S. -- Increased cargo moving through the Port of Halifax did little to hide a drug shipment from the Can...


HALIFAX, N.S. — Increased cargo moving through the Port of Halifax did little to hide a drug shipment from the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).

CBSA officers at the Port of Halifax seized about 4,034-kilos of hashish worth an estimated street value of $48 million.

Officers discovered the drugs on June 8, while searching a marine container bound for Ontario from Pakistan. The container was identified by the targeting unit that examines the manifests of all containers arriving in the Port of Halifax and identifies those requiring full physical inspection.

CBSA officers found 100 bales of raw cotton inside the container. Officers used gamma?ray technology to confirm a dark image in the centre of all the bales. The bales were opened and 40 packets, containing about 1 kilo of hashish, were discovered in each bale.

“This seizure is testimony to the vigilance of our border officers,” said Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety. “The seizure of illegal drugs at our borders ensures that those drugs are kept off our streets.”

The drugs were turned over to the RCMP for further investigation.


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