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Windsor, Ontario, April 20, 2009 — The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced today that its officers at the Ambassador Bridge in Windsor, Ontario, seized a total of 200 kilograms of suspected cocaine with an estimated street value of $25 million, in two separate cases over a four-day period.
On April 9, 2009, during the examination of a tractor-trailer, CBSA officers uncovered 120 kilograms of suspected cocaine with an estimated street value of $15 million. The officers found the cocaine inside four produce boxes. A 29 year-old man from Plessisville, Quebec, and a 39 year-old man from Thetford Mines, Quebec, have been charged under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act with importation of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking.
A few days later on April 12, 2009, CBSA officers seized 80 kilograms of suspected cocaine during the examination of a tractor-trailer. The narcotics, with an estimated street value of $10 million, were discovered inside two boxes and two pails. A 45 year-old man from Brampton, Ontario, has been charged under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act with importation of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking.
These two seizures follow on the heels of a major cocaine seizure on March 19, 2009, in which CBSA officers at the Ambassador Bridge seized 78 kilograms of cocaine.
CBSA officers work to keep illegal drugs and other contraband from entering Canada. Since 2005, over 1.25 tonnes of cocaine has been seized by CBSA officers in the CBSA's Windsor–St. Clair Region. These seizures are an important contribution to keeping Canadian communities safe.
Anyone with information about suspicious cross-border activity is encouraged to call the CBSA Border Watch toll-free line at 1-888-502-9060. All calls are completely confidential.
For media information:
Canada Border Services Agency
Media Relations (Windsor–St. Clair Region)