Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) seized more than 137 pounds of suspected cocaine at the Pacific Highway border crossing on June 26.
The drugs were concealed in a truckload of food products being shipped from California.
The driver of the truck was referred to a secondary inspection after failing to satisfy a CBSA officer’s questioning concerning the contents of his load compared to the bill of lading. The truck was then off-loaded and CBSA agents found what they believed to be 56 bricks of cocaine in five cardboard boxes sitting on two pallets. No additional concealment was used, according to CBSA.
CBSA states that this is the single largest interception of cocaine in British Columbia since July 2011, when officers seized 115 kilograms (253 pounds) of the drug. That seizure was also made at the Pacific Highway port of entry.
The CBSA arrested the driver of the truck and turned the drugs and driver over to the RCMP for further investigation.
“This significant seizure demonstrates the excellent work being done by our border services officers who are committed to stopping the smuggling of illegal drugs at our ports of entry,” said Jan Brock, chief of commercial operations at the Pacific Highway crossing.