Montréal, Quebec, May 8, 2012 –The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced today the seizure of approximately two kilograms of suspected heroin at the Léo-Blanchette mail processing centre in Montréal.
On April 12, 2012, an X-ray of a parcel from Turkey revealed the presence of masses hidden in the sides of the box. Using a probe, officers extracted a fine pale brown powder. The officers also used the NIK Test to determine that the substance was suspected heroin. The drug was carefully concealed in the sides of a box of scarves.
The seizure is a result of CBSA officers' vigilance and expertise when conducting in-depth examinations of parcels in the International Mail Centre.
"I acknowledge the role of the CBSA officers in this interception of a package containing heroin. These seizures help prevent smuggling of illegal drugs that jeopardizes the safety of Canadian communities and benefits organized crime," said the Regional Director General of the CBSA in Quebec, Benoît Chiquette.
The drugs were turned over to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).
The CBSA and the RCMP work together to prevent drugs and other contraband from entering Canada. These seizures help to prevent illegal drug smuggling that endangers the safety of Canadian communities and generates profits for organized crime.During fiscal year 2010-2011, CBSA officers at the Léo-Blanchette mail processing centre in Montréal made 1158 drug seizures.
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