Canada seizes $1M in cocaine that was about to be smuggled underwater from ship
Officers from the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) seized 37 pounds of suspected cocaine from a vessel near Victoria.
The massive haul was discovered on June 2, after border officers searched a commercial ship that arrived at Constance Bank Anchorage in B.C.
Upon entering the ship’s engine room, authorities found a total of 11 individually wrapped packages containing a white substance.
A field test of the contents identified it to be suspected cocaine, and a total of 16.84 kilograms (37 pounds) of the substance was seized.
The estimated value of 16.84 kilograms of cocaine is $875,000.
The following day, an RCMP Vancouver Island Dive Team conducted a dive operation under the waterline of the vessel where they found evidence of tampering.
According to a joint statement from the CBSA and RCMP, this suggested that there "likely had been more drugs on that ship and was retrieved underwater sometime before law enforcement’s intervention."
No further narcotics were discovered onboard.
Authorities confirmed that the ship had actually been conducting legitimate business, travelling between South America, Europe, the Caribbean and the United States, before arriving in B.C. waters.
"When it comes to protecting Canadians, we are in this together. Any drug seizure, small or large, is significant and keeps our communities safe," said Nina Patel, acting regional director general, Pacific Region, Canada Border Services Agency.
No arrests were made and no charges have been laid, according to the CBSA.
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