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Surrey, British Columbia, February 19, 2008 -- The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced today that its officers at the Pacific Highway Truck Crossing have seized 62 kilograms of cocaine hidden under the bunk of a tractor-trailer.
"This seizure clearly demonstrates the excellent work our officers continue to do. This also shows why our Government is committed to the National Anti-Drug Strategy which has provided $3.3 million in funding to enhance the ability of the CBSA to inhibit the cross-border flow of illicit drugs," said the Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety. "Illegal drugs destroy lives and fuel organized crime. Once again, Canadians can be proud of the contributions made by our law enforcement agencies to keep our communities safe."
On January 22, 2008, during a routine examination of the cab of a tractor-trailer, CBSA officers quickly became suspicious of the bunk area. A further examination revealed 62 bricks of cocaine hidden under the sleeping mattress. In total, 62 kilograms of cocaine were discovered.
The Canadian driver was arrested and investigations are ongoing.
In 2007, CBSA officers in the Pacific Region seized 570 kilograms of cocaine.
Last year, the CBSA made 2,942 drug seizures in the Region, keeping nearly 681 kilograms of drugs off Canadian streets.
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