Canadian border services in Tsawwassen, British Columbia found a 140-kilogram cargo of methamphetamine that was bound for export and headed to New Zealand.
On Friday, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced it has seized the shipment thanks to intelligence provided by the New Zealand Police and New Zealand Customs Service.
Last March, CBSA inspected a shipping container with the help of drug-sniffing police dogs from the Metro Vancouver district and discovered a crystal-like substance inside a machine.
The investigation has now been referred to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in British Columbia.
“New Zealand Police and the New Zealand Customs Service are pleased to have contributed to the methamphetamine seizure in Canada stopping its export,” New Zealand’s customs service intelligence manager Bruce Berr said.
“The risk of transnational organized crime impacts us all. This result really highlights the value of sharing information with international partners to prevent cross-border crime.”
Regional director of the Canada Border Services Agency Nina Patel said this confiscation of illegal drugs is a good example of how the Canada Border Services Agency cooperates with international police agencies to stop illegal activities at the Canadian borders.
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“New Zealand Police and the New Zealand Customs Service are pleased to have contributed to the methamphetamine seizure in Canada stopping its export. The risk of transnational organised crime impacts us all…” https://t.co/bxdZOXvGX4
— New Zealand Customs Service (@NZ_Customs) May 18, 2023
“The safety and security of Canadians is our government’s top priority,” Minister of Public Safety Marco Mendicino said in a statement.
“I want to thank the dedicated CBSA officers, and their colleagues from the New Zealand Police and New Zealand Customs Service, for their excellent work in stopping dangerous narcotics from coming into the country.”
From 2018-2022, the CBSA‘s Pacific region was responsible for 653 methamphetamine seizures totalling about 2,038 kilograms.
In 2021, the CBSA seized 16,000 kilograms of cannabis products, 28 kilograms of hash, 2,800 kilos of cocaine and crack as well as other narcotics and drugs.