29 kg of opium poppies seized from truck

by Today's Trucking

SURREY, B.C. — Suspected opium poppies worth $58,000 have been sized from a truck at the Pacific Highway port of entry in British Columbia.

The seizure was announced by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).

They said the plants were seized Aug. 12.

Opium poppy - CBSA
One of the seven boxes of opium seized from the truck. (Photo: CBSA)

“After X-ray imaging of the tractor and trailer revealed anomalies, officers continued their examination and located seven boxes of suspected dried opium poppy plants (including the pods), weighing 29 kg total,” the announcement said.

The driver was arrested and released pending further investigation, it said. The suspect’s identity was not revealed.

“The CBSA conducts risk-based screening at the border and works with the RCMP to protect Canadians from all forms of drug smuggling” said Daniela Evans, director of the CBSA’s Pacific Highway District.

Opium poppy and its derivatives are regulated under Schedule I of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

Only licensed dealers under the Narcotic Control Regulations are allowed to import or export opium, with a valid permit, the CBSA said.

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  • So what. They sold these on eBay for YEARS as decorative dried plant arrangements.

    This isn’t ‘opium’. It’s ‘opium straw’. Not the same thing. Kind of like pot versus hemp.

    This is such non-news — there are TONS of fentanyl going around, and the RCMP is excited about some dried plants? Ohhh Canada, you make the world laugh.