June 10, 2020 Mississauga, Ontario Canada Border Services Agency
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) remains committed to addressing risks and threats in cross-border trade while ensuring essential goods continue to enter Canada’s supply chain. Today, the CBSA announced that more than 1,400 kilograms of suspected cannabis were seized from two locations in the Greater Toronto Area.
In two separate seizures, Commercial Operations Border Services Officers (BSO) seized suspected cannabis, set to be exported, with an estimated value of $10.8 million from locations in Brampton and Mississauga.
On May 22, 2020, while examining shipments at a Brampton warehouse, BSOs noticed anomalies in a load of over 5,400 kilograms of gardening mulch. After nine hours of sifting through the shipment, more than 685 kilograms of suspected cannabis was discovered. The shipment was bound for the United States. The CBSA estimates the value of the suspected cannabis to be over $5,000,000.
On May 28, 2020, 800 kilograms of suspected cannabis concealed in plastic kitchen containers at a Mississauga warehouse was seized when a detector dog indicated to the potential presence of narcotics on an export shipment under examination by BSOs. The suspected cannabis was bound for the United States. The CBSA estimates the value of this seizure to be over $5,800,000.
All the suspected cannabis was turned over to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The CBSA investigation continues.
Under the Cannabis Act, it remains illegal to import into Canada, or export from Canada, cannabis without a valid permit, issued by the Government of Canada.
Anyone with information about suspicious cross-border activity is encouraged to call the CBSA Border Watch Toll-free Line at 1-888-502-9060.
“These significant seizures demonstrate our border services officers’ commitment to stop the illicit cross-border movement of cannabis which remains a serious criminal offence.”
Lisa Janes, Regional Director General, Greater Toronto Area Region, Canada Border Services Agency
In the Greater Toronto Region, the CBSA has seized more than 2,070 kilograms of cannabis in 2020.
Travellers, mail, courier, and commercial shipments continue to be subject to the Customs Act and examined for prohibited goods, including cannabis.
Canada Border Services Agency
613-957-6500 or 1-877-761-5945