Record Seizure at Stanstead Bor­der

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Vic­to­ria Vanier Stanstead

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.

Pho­tos cour­tesy

The x-ray im­age, pro­vided by the scant­railer, clearly shows un­usual pack­ages in­side the spare tire.

Photo cour­tesy

The bags of co­caine had been in­serted into the spare tire.

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