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Friday, September 30, 2022
117 kilos of suspected cocaine seized at Queenston-Lewiston bridge

The Canadian Border Services Agency says it seized 117 kilograms of suspected cocaine at the border near Niagara-on-the-Lake.

The agency said a lone male hauling a tractor-trailer arrived at the Queenston-Lewiston Bridge on Aug. 18 and was referred for a secondary examination.

Officers observed some anomalies in the packaging of the shipment, the agency said in a news release on Sept. 10.

“Further examination led to the discovery of 104 packages of suspected cocaine concealed within the commercial load. The CBSA seized approximately 117 kilograms of the suspected narcotics and arrested the driver.”

The value of the drugs is estimated at $14 million.

The seizure is “one of the larger land border cocaine seizures” in southern Ontario, the agency said.

About 600 kilograms of suspected cocaine was seized by border officers in southern Ontario between Jan. 1, 2019 to Aug. 31, 2020.

“These cocaine seizures demonstrate that our officers remain vigilant and committed to ensuring that our borders are not used for illegal activity while travel restrictions at the border continue,” said Christine Durocher, the agency's director general for southern Ontario.

“I am proud of the outstanding work of officers in the southern Ontario region who prevented this significant quantity of suspected illegal drugs from entering Canada.”