On March 18, 2021, a commercial driver entered Canada in a tractor-trailer carrying personal care products. During the secondary examination, border services officers used a wide range of detection tools and technology to inspect the goods, and noticed anomalies. Border services officers unloaded the trailer, found a total of 64 individually wrapped brick-shaped objects, and tested the contents, which returned positive for suspected cocaine.
The bricks of suspected cocaine had a combined weight of 71.5 kilograms (nearly 160 pounds) with an estimated value of over $3.5 million.
The CBSA Pacific Region Intelligence Section was engaged and worked with the RCMP Federal Serious and Organized Crime (FSOC) unit on this cross-border smuggling attempt investigation. The RCMP FSOC unit took custody of the driver and the drugs.