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Surrey (British Columbia), August 28, Canadian-Media): A significant suspected drug seizure and arrest at the Pacific Highway, British Columbia port of entry was announced Aug 28 by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).
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Prevention of illegal drug smuggling that endangers the safety of Canadian communities and generates profits for organized crime is being done by the CBSA and the RCMP by working together.
On August 12, 2020, a commercial driver was referred by CBSA officers at Pacific Highway for further inspection.
Due to anomalies revealed after X-ray imaging of the tractor and trailer, officers continued their examination and located seven boxes of suspected dried opium poppy plants (including the pods), weighing 29 kg total.
Schedule I of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act regulates Opium poppy and its derivatives and only licensed dealers under the Narcotic Control Regulations are allowed to import or export opium, with a valid permit.
“Opium poppy is the source of all natural opioids, including doda, a highly-addictive street drug made from dried pods and husks. The CBSA conducts risk-based screening at the border and works with the RCMP to protect Canadians from all forms of drug smuggling,” said Daniela Evans, Director of Pacific Highway District, Canada Border Services Agency in the news release.
After arresting the driver, officers turned him along with the suspected opium poppy plants, over to the RCMP Federal Serious and Organized Crime Unit.
The driver was released pending a further ongoing investigation.
The CBSA estimates the value of the suspected opium poppy plants at $58,000.
"Investigations such as this, highlight the important relationship between the Canada Border Services Agency and RCMP Federal Serious and Organized Crime in detecting and interdicting drugs in the first instance and bringing those allegedly responsible through the court process. Such partnerships are critical in supporting our ongoing commitment to combating transnational organized crime, " said Inspector Stephen Lee, RCMP Federal Serious and Organized Crime in a news release.