CALGARY - It was just a usual commercial vehicle making the standard stop at the Coutts border crossing on December 2, on its way into Canada. However, what Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officers found inside, was anything but usual.
It turned out to be a record suspected cocaine seizure.
The commercial vehicle was hauling produce from California that was destined for an Alberta business. While examining the cab of the vehicle, officers found 84 bricks of suspected cocaine with a total weight of 99.5 kilograms - the largest suspected cocaine seizure recorded by CBSA officers in Alberta to date.
The driver and a passenger, were arrested and turned over to the RCMP. On December 4, the RCMP charged 31 year old Gurminder Singh Toor, and 26 year old Kirandeep Kaur Toor, both of California, on four counts each under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.
The Regional Director General for CBSA, Prairie Region, outlined the magnitude of the find.
“Had this quantity of illicit narcotics made its way into our communities undetected, the impact could have been devastating. The CBSA is truly Canada’s first line of defence, and this record seizure is a prime example of how frontline officers are actively protecting Canadians every day.”
Cocaine is the second-most prevalent street drug in Canada.
The CBSA and the RCMP work together to prevent illegal drug smuggling that endangers the safety of Canadian communities and generates profits for organized crime. Prior to this incident, the largest CBSA cocaine seizure in Alberta was 92.74 kg, also intercepted at Coutts, on October 10, 2016.
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