Border services, RCMP make massive opium bust in Vancouver

Tonne of opium intercepted

RCMP and border guards last month pulled off one of the largest opium seizures in Canadian history.

The two agencies teamed up to intercept a whopping 1,000 kilograms—or one tonne—of opium in a pair of ocean shipping containers that had arrived in Vancouver. The joint operation was conducted by the Canadian Border Services Agency’s Pacific Regional Intelligence Section and the RCMP.

The two organizations used a wide range of detection tools and detector dogs to sniff out the opium, which has an estimated value of $10 million.

“This seizure demonstrates the remarkable partnership the CBSA and the RCMP have when it comes to preventing illicit drugs from entering Canada and ensuring the safety and security of Canadians every day,” CBSA Pacific Region director Yvette-Monique Gray said in a press release.

“During these unprecedented times, it is imperative that the CBSA continues to work very closely with the RCMP and law enforcement agencies across Canada in monitoring and investigating cross-border smuggling of illicit drugs.”

The criminal investigation is ongoing.

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