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Surprising pumpkins seized by Border Services at Montréal-Trudeau Airport

Montreal (Québec), October 31, 2013 — The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced a rather unusual seizure in this day of Halloween. Instead of being filled with candies, three pumpkins carried by a female traveller at Montréal-Trudeau Airport contained nearly two kilograms of suspected cocaine.

Border services officers discovered the pumpkins filled with suspected cocaine while searching the luggage of the traveller. The drug was transported to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police office for further investigation.

“Border services officers work tirelessly to intercept narcotics regardless how they are hidden”, said Benoît Chiquette, the CBSA's Regional Director General for the Quebec Region. “This seizure helps eradicate narcotics from our community by stopping potential traffickers from using our international airports for their illicit cross-border activities.”

Since the beginning of 2013, border services officers at Montréal-Trudeau Airport have made 173 drug seizures, including 10 cocaine seizures for a total of 44 kilograms.

In 2012, border services officers in the Quebec region made a total of 1653 drug seizures.

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CBSA Communications Office in the Quebec Region
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The passenger’s baggage contained three pumpkins filled with suspected cocaine.

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The passenger’s baggage contained three pumpkins filled with suspected cocaine.


The CBSA X-rayed the pumpkins and found masses within the pumpkins.

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The CBSA X-rayed the pumpkins and found masses within the pumpkins.


The pumpkins contained bags filled with suspected cocaine.

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The pumpkins contained bags filled with suspected cocaine.


The border services officers opened the pumpkins with the suspected drugs.

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The border services officers opened the pumpkins with the suspected drugs.