Record Seizure at Stanstead Border
These sixteen packages of cocaine, weighing about one kilogram each, were taken out of the spare tire.
Last Wednesday evening, November 2nd, The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) seized nearly $2 million worth of cocaine at the Stanstead border station on Route 55. It was the biggest illegal drug seizure in the history of the Stanstead border crossing.
The Canadian border guards were on top of their game, last Wednesday evening, when a vehicle arrived at a primary inspection booth at the Stanstead station. The vehicle was sent for a second inspection where several factors were identified which indicated that a more thorough examination of the vehicle was needed and the dog handler was called. “The dog indicated for a substance so the officers did a more extensive search. When they removed the spare tire, they saw that it was much heavier than usual and they could hear things moving in it,” explained Chief of Operations of the Stanstead sector of the CBSA, Miguel Bégin. The spare tire was mounted under the vehicle.
The officers then used a scantrailer to take an x-ray of the tire to confirm what they already knew: there was something inside it. Taking apart the tire, they found sixteen packages of cocaine, each containing one kilogram of the illegal narcotic, bringing the total amount seized to sixteen kilograms.
“For many of our officers, who work hard to protect the border each and every day and deserve good recognition for their work, it is a seizure of a lifetime,” added Mr. Bégin.
To put this drug bust in perspective, in Quebec in 2010, the CBSA performed 1,864 drug seizures, worth a total value of $150 million, at border crossings. The average value of those drug seizures was $80,000.
The case has been transferred to the RCMP.
The x-ray image, provided by the scantrailer, clearly shows unusual packages inside the spare tire.
The bags of cocaine had been inserted into the spare tire.