$33.8 million in drugs seized in Halifax (Video)

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Today, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), Atlantic Region, announced the seizure of 270 kg of suspected cocaine onboard a vessel attempting to dock at a yacht club in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

On July 17, 2020, CBSA became aware of a vessel originating in the Caribbean that had failed to report to the CBSA upon entry to Canada. This prompted an investigation. On the morning of Saturday, July 18, 2020, CBSA Halifax Marine Operations officers intercepted the vessel at a yacht club located in the Halifax area. Upon examination of the vessel, officers discovered approximately 270 kg of suspected cocaine concealed in various areas of the boat. The CBSA has estimated this seizure to be valued at approximately $33.8 million.

The two individuals on the vessel were arrested and turned over to the RCMP, along with the seized suspected drugs.

“CBSA officers are trained to investigate, intercept, and examine vessels arriving into Canada to ensure the safety and security of our country. Drug seizures of this size demonstrate that the Canada Border Services Agency is committed to preventing illicit drugs from crossing our borders and protecting Canadian communities from the impacts of drug smuggling.”

Charlotte Demers-Doiron, Acting Regional Director General, Canada Border Services Agency, Atlantic Region

Quick facts

  • The CBSA requires pre-arrival information on all vessels and marine cargo in order to manage higher and/or unknown risks while facilitating legitimate travel and trade.
  • The CBSA is vigilant in its enforcement efforts to stop the smuggling of illegal drugs across borders. Our officers and law enforcement partners work together to identify and prevent such illegal activities from impacting the safety and security of Canadian communities.
  • In September 2017, 273 kg of cocaine was found on a small vessel in Lunenburg County.
  • In June 2018, over 156 kg of cocaine was seized after it was located hidden in a ship at the Port of Halifax.
  • In November 2018, CBSA officers at the Port of Halifax discovered 4.76 kg of cocaine while searching a marine container on route to Israel.
  • If you have information about suspicious cross-border activity, please contact the CBSA Border Watch Toll-free Line at 1-888-502-9060.
  • Anyone with information regarding criminal activity is encouraged to contact their local police or the RCMP at 1800-803-RCMP(7267). Should you wish to remain anonymous, call Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers toll free at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submit a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca, or use the P3 Tips App.

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