Suspected drugs seized from shipping container at Halifax port could be worth millions

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In this submitted photo, the Canada Border Services Agency displays the suspected cocaine that was found in a shipping container last month. (Canada Border Services Agency - image credit)
In this submitted photo, the Canada Border Services Agency displays the suspected cocaine that was found in a shipping container last month. (Canada Border Services Agency - image credit)

The Canadian Border Services Agency says it has seized 54.7 kilograms of what it believes to be cocaine from a shipping container at the Port of Halifax.

The suspected drugs were found concealed within the container on June 10, and would have a value of $6.8 million if cocaine is confirmed.

The discovery was made by the agency's waterfront cargo inspection unit, which is trained to detect contraband entering Canada.

The agency confirmed in an email statement that the container originated from the Caribbean. It did not specify as to why this container was singled out, because it could make their risk assessment techniques ineffective.

"This work is critical for stopping the illegal importation of drugs before they make their way onto Canadian streets," a news release from the agency said.

Last summer, the agency similarly seized about 270 kilograms of suspected cocaine at a yacht club in Halifax.

Canada Border Services Agency
Canada Border Services Agency

The packages have been turned over to the RCMP for further investigation.

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