CBSA seizes 29 kg of suspected cocaine in a commercial aircraft arriving in Canada

News release

January 8, 2024        Mississauga, Ontario         Canada Border Services Agency

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is committed to disrupting the flow of illicit drugs from entering Canada and preventing danger to our communities. The CBSA announced today the seizure of 29 kg of suspected cocaine, found in a commercial aircraft.  

On November 30, 2023, border services officers working with the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) Region Specialized Border Interdiction Unit examined a plane arriving from Guyana at Toronto Pearson International Airport. A GTA Region detector dog services team was brought in and the canine indicated positive on one bag. Upon inspecting the contents of the bag, officers discovered 25 brick-shaped packages that were found to contain the suspected cocaine. 

Our continued collaboration with all of our partners, including the Greater Toronto Airports Authority, is of the utmost importance to the CBSA and contributes greatly to protecting our borders and our communities. 

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“The importation of illicit drugs leads to increased crime in our communities, narcotics abuse and possibly deaths by overdose. Officers in the Greater Toronto Area Region remain vigilant in our work to ensure the safety of all Canadians.”

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

Quick facts

  • For more 2023 highlights, visit 2023 Year in Review

  • The CBSA screens goods, including commercial cargo and courier shipments, coming into Canada and examines more closely those that may pose a threat to the safety of Canadians.

  • 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.

  • Anyone with information regarding criminal activity is encouraged to contact their local police, the RCMP at 1-800-387-0020,  or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.



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