CBSA seizes over 14 kg of suspected cocaine at Toronto Pearson International Airport

News release

November 30, 2023        Mississauga, Ontario         Canada Border Services Agency

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is helping to keep our communities safe by disrupting the flow of illicit drugs into Canada. The CBSA announced today the seizure of over 14 kg of suspected cocaine, found in a commercial aircraft at Toronto Pearson International Airport.  

On November 3, 2023, border services officers working with the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) Region’s Specialized Border Interdiction Unit, examined a plane arriving from the Caribbean. Upon inspection of the plane’s rear cargo hold, 12 rectangular packages were discovered. The contents were field tested and returned as positive for suspected cocaine.  

This seizure kept an estimated $1.8 million worth of narcotics off the streets. The RCMP were contacted and took custody and control of the evidence. 

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“Another great seizure by the Canada Border Services Agency team at Toronto Pearson. They work around the clock to make sure illicit drugs don't cross our borders, keeping Canadians safe.”

Lisa Janes, Regional Director General, Canada Border Services Agency, Greater Toronto Area Region

Quick facts

  • Additionally, from January 1 to October 31, 2023, the CBSA in the GTA Region made 49 cocaine seizures with a total weight of nearly 245 kg.

  • The CBSA uses an intelligence-led approach and stays current on global trends and patterns to ensure that its frontline border services officers are well equipped to prevent illegal substances from entering Canada. Our officers are vigilant when it comes to ensuring that our borders are not used for illegal activities, while facilitating legitimate trade and travel.

  • For the latest contraband statistics, visit Canada Border Services Agency seizures.

  • If you have information about suspicious cross-border activity, please contact the CBSA Border Watch Line at 1-888-502-9060.


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