Border services officers seize over 17,000 litres of substance used to produce date-rape drug

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May 13, 2021            Vancouver, British Columbia            Canada Border Services Agency

The Canada Border Services Agency’s (CBSA) is committed to safeguarding our country and stopping contraband goods, such as narcotics, from reaching our communities.

On February 8, 2021, the Pacific Region Intelligence Section, with assistance from the National Targeting Centre, identified a container of interest, and referred it for examination. Border Services Officers from Metro Vancouver Marine Operations examined the container using a wide range of detection tools and technology, and collected samples from multiple drums. These samples were sent to the CBSA’s Contraband Drug Analysis Section in Ottawa.

The analysis confirmed that the substance was gamma-butyrolactone, a controlled substance also known as 'GBL'. GBL is a Class A Precursor in Part 1 of Schedule VI of the Controlled Drug and Substances Act, that is essential to the production of other controlled substances, such as “date-rape” drugs. In total, the CBSA seized 17,852.5 litres of GBL with an estimated street value of over $1.8 million.

The investigation into the importers is ongoing.

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"Through an effective and successful investigation, border services officers and intelligence personnel prevented the potential manufacture of thousands of kilograms of illegal drugs. This significant seizure illustrates the CBSA’s commitment and vigilance to protecting our communities from harmful drugs and substances by impeding the ability of criminals to operate across our borders.”  

-       J.J. Chayeski, Director, Metro Vancouver Operations Division, Pacific Region, Canada Border Services Agency 

Quick facts

  • The CBSA's Intelligence Section plays a key role in the identification of border-related threats and in protecting the safety and security of Canadians. Intelligence activities are conducted to identify individuals and entities that are of interest to the CBSA in connection to organized crime, drug smuggling, and other violations of the Customs Act and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

  • The CBSA works with police partners to prevent illegal drug smuggling that endangers the safety of Canadian communities and generates profits for organized crime, and to ensure that perpetrators are investigated and prosecuted.

  • Border services officers are highly trained in examination and investigative techniques to intercept prohibited goods and illicit drugs from entering Canada.

  • 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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