Keeping contraband goods, such as narcotics, out of our communities, is a key priority for the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). Today, the CBSA announced that a shipment of 106 kilograms of methamphetamine was seized at the Tsawwassen Container Examination Facility (TCEF).
On February 4, 2020, after receiving information from the CBSA National Targeting Centre, border services officers at the TCEF examined a container from Mexico using a wide range of detection tools and technology. Upon further examination, bags of white crystal were discovered and the CBSA laboratory confirmed the results were positive for methamphetamine.
The Canada Border Services Agency estimates the value of 106 kilograms of methamphetamine to be approximately $13.5 million dollars.
To support the follow up investigation, CBSA Operations and Intelligence personnel worked collaboratively to analyze and gather all information related to this shipment. The file was referred to the RCMP Federal Serious and Organized Crime (FSOC) unit for criminal investigation.
“As Canada’s first line of defence, Canada Border Services Agency’s (CBSA) frontline officers and intelligence personnel work tirelessly to ensure that our borders are not used for illegal activity. This CBSA seizure and the ongoing cooperation with the RCMP demonstrates the commitment between law enforcement partners to keep Canadian communities safe. We will not tolerate those who attempt to benefit from drug smuggling or any organized crime.”
– Nina Patel, Acting Regional Director General, Pacific Region, Canada Border Services Agency
Border services officers are highly trained in examination and investigative techniques to intercept prohibited goods and illicit drugs from entering Canada.
The marine ports of entry in Vancouver receive 57% of the more than 2.5 million marine containers entering Canada each year.
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.