Officials seize $33.8 million in suspected cocaine from a Canadian yacht club
Officers from the Canada Border Services Agency officers were "knot" surprised to discover a massive haul of cocaine on a vessel at a yacht club in Halifax.
Officials from the CBSA first became suspicious of the boat when it failed to report to the agency upon entering Canada on July 17, after coming from the Caribbean.
The next morning, CBSA Halifax Marine Operations officers tracked down the vessel at a yacht club in the Halifax area.
On July 18, #CBSA officers intercepted a vessel in Halifax #NS and seized 270 kg of suspected cocaine. https://t.co/wyhnABfbvd pic.twitter.com/9VXXK9iVVe— Border Services ATL (@CanBorderATL) July 29, 2020
A search turned up around 270 kg of suspected cocaine, which was concealed in various areas around the boat.
The CBSA estimates the value of the find to be around $33.8 million.
Two people were arrested and turned over to the RCMP, along with the suspected drugs.
"CBSA officers are trained to investigate, intercept and and examine vessels arriving into Canada to ensure the safety and security of our country," said Charlotte Demers-Doiron, acting regional director general for the Canada Border Services Agency, Atlantic Region.
"Drug seizures of this size demonstrate that the Canada Border Services Agency is committed to preventing illicit drugs from crossing our borders and protecting Canadian communities from the impacts of drug smuggling," she added.
Canada Border Services Agency - Officers from CBSA Halifax Marine Operations pictured with approximately 270 kg of suspected cocaine, seized from a vessel in Halifax, NS on July 18, 2020.
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