54.7 kg of suspected cocaine seized by CBSA officers in Halifax 

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54.7 kg of suspected cocaine seized by CBSA officers in Halifax

Today, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), Atlantic Region, announced the seizure of suspected cocaine found concealed within a shipping container in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

On June 10, 2021, CBSA Waterfront Cargo Inspection Unit officers examined a shipping container at the Port of Halifax.

As a result of this examination, 54.7 kg of suspected cocaine was seized by officers. The CBSA estimates this seizure to be valued at approximately $6.8 million. The suspected drugs were turned over to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) for further investigation.

CBSA officers assigned to the Waterfront Cargo Inspection Unit are specially trained to detect contraband entering Canada via shipping containers. This work is critical for stopping the illegal importation of drugs before they make their way onto Canadian streets.  

The CBSA also works closely with the RCMP and other domestic and international law enforcement partners to prevent the flow of drugs across international borders.

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Suspected cocaine seized by CBSA officers in Halifax

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“Officers stationed at marine ports across the country continue to work on the frontline to keep us safe. Seizures like this demonstrate that the Canada Border Services Agency is committed to preventing illicit drugs from crossing our borders and working with our partners to protect Canadian communities from the impacts of drug smuggling.”

Charlotte Demers-Doiron, Director, Newfoundland, Labrador & Nova Scotia District, Canada Border Services Agency, Atlantic Region

Quick facts

  • 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 July 2020, 270 kg of cocaine was seized by CBSA officers in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

  • 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 1-800-803-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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