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Ottawa, Jun 12 (Canadian-Media): It was announced June 12 by Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) that it had seized more than 1,400 kilograms of suspected cannabis from two locations in the Greater Toronto Area, CBSA reports said.
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Suspected cannabis with an estimated value of $10.8 million from locations in Brampton and Mississauga, set to be exported were seized in two separate seizures by Commercial Operations Border Services Officers (BSO)s.
While examining shipments at a Brampton warehouse on May 22, 2020, BSOs had found anomalies in a load of over 5,400 kilograms of gardening mulch.
After sifting through shipment, bound for the United States, for nine hours more than 685 kilograms of suspected cannabis was discovered,
The value of the suspected cannabis estimated by CBSA was over $5,000,000.
In a separate incident during examination of an export shipment on May 28, 2020, BSOs seized 800 kilograms of suspected cannabis concealed in plastic kitchen containers at a Mississauga warehouse when a detector dog alerted BSOs about the potential presence of narcotics on the shipment.
The suspected cannabis, estimated by CBSA to be over $5,800,000, was bound for the United States.
All the suspected cannabis was turned over to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).
Investigation of the case by the CBSA continues.
Under the Cannabis Act, it is illegal to import into Canada, or export from Canada, cannabis without a the Government of Canada-issued valid permit.
The CBSA has seized more than 2,070 kilograms of cannabis during 2020 in Greater Toronto Region.
Travellers, mail, courier, and commercial shipments are subject to the Customs Act and examined for prohibited goods, including cannabis.
CBSA asks anyone with information about suspicious cross-border activity to call the CBSA Border Watch Toll-free Line at 1-888-502-9060.