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Quebec Region

CBSA officers seize 7.5 kilograms of suspected cocaine hidden inside mascot costumes

Montréal, Quebec, June 4, 2012 – The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced today the seizure of 7.5 kilograms of suspected cocaine at the Léo-Blanchette mail processing centre in Montréal. The resale value of the drug is estimated at over $ 300 000.

X-rays of parcels from Peru revealed the presence of masses hidden in different places in the packages. Once opened, officers found bags of white powder concealed in different places in mascot costumes. The NIK Test then determined that the substance was suspected cocaine.

The seizure is a result of CBSA officers' vigilance and expertise when conducting in-depth examinations of parcels in the International Mail Centre.

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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