Hash found hid­den in ship­ment of choco­late bars in Hal­i­fax

Cape Breton Post - - News -

HAL­I­FAX — Of­fi­cials say an at­tempt to smug­gle 200 kilo­grams of hash by hid­ing it in choco­late bars was foiled by bor­der of­fi­cers and an X-ray ma­chine in Hal­i­fax. A Mis­sis­sauga, Ont., man is fac­ing mul­ti­ple charges af­ter the discovery in a ship­ping con­tainer at the city’s port.

The Canada Bor­der Ser­vices Agency said 51-year-old Owen Ja­gasar was charged with drug pos­ses­sion and im­por­ta­tion on June 23.

The agency says the drugs were con­cealed in 100 choco­late bars, each con­tain­ing two kilo­grams of hid­den hashish, and were seized at the port on May 25. The CBSA said its of­fi­cers, act­ing on a tip, “noted ano­ma­lies in X-ray im­ages while ex­am­in­ing a ma­rine con­tainer.’’

The ship­ment orig­i­nated in the Nether­lands. The CBSA says the goods were des­tined for On­tario, where the ar­rest oc­curred. ‘’This is a sig­nif­i­cant seizure, and a great ex­am­ple of how our bor­der ser­vices of­fi­cers use a com­bi­na­tion of instinct, train­ing and tools to in­ter­cept il­le­gal drugs,” Calvin Chris­tiansen, the agency’s At­lantic direc­tor-gen­eral, said in a state­ment. Ja­gasar has been charged with im­por­ta­tion of a con­trolled sub­stance, pos­ses­sion for the pur­pose of traf­fick­ing, and two counts of con­spir­ing to com­mit an in­dictable of­fence.

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