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Fort Erie, Ontario, November 25, 2010 – The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced today that its officers in the Niagara–Fort Erie Region seized over 46 kilos of marihuana with an estimated street value of $936,366.
On November 19, 2010, border services officers from Peace Bridge Commercial Operations examined a tractor trailer carrying a load of watermelons using the mobile Vehicle and Cargo Inspection System (VACIS™) and noticed an abnormality in the scan. The vehicle and trailer were referred for a secondary examination and officers discovered further indicators that led to the discovery of 78 packages of compacted marihuana concealed in the trailer.
"I commend the border services officers whose actions resulted in this significant seizure of illicit drugs," said the Honourable Vic Toews, Canada’s Public Safety Minister. “This Government recognizes that the smuggling of drugs across our border fuels organized crime in Canada. We are committed to giving law enforcement the tools they need to make our communities safe.”
A 41-year-old man from York, Ontario has been charged by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police with Importing Cannabis Marihuana contrary to section 6(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.
Border services officers play a vital role in the interception of illegal drugs at Canadian ports of entry. This is the second largest marihuana seizure for the Niagara–Fort Erie Region. Since January 1, 2010, officers in the Niagara–Fort Erie Region have seized over $6,000,000 worth of drugs in 686 drug seizures.
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Jean D’Amelio Swyer
Canada Border Services Agency