THE Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the RCMP on Friday announced a significant suspected drug seizure and arrest at the Pacific Highway port of entry in B.C.
On August 12, CBSA officers at Pacific Highway referred a commercial driver for further inspection. After X-ray imaging of the tractor and trailer revealed anomalies, officers continued their examination and located seven boxes of suspected dried opium poppy plants (including the pods), weighing 29 kg.
Officers arrested the driver and turned him and the suspected opium poppy plants over to the RCMP Federal Serious and Organized Crime Unit. The driver was released pending a further ongoing investigation.
The CBSA estimates the value of the suspected opium poppy plants at $58,000.
Daniela Evans, Director of Pacific Highway District, CBSA, said: “Opium poppy is the source of all natural opioids, including doda, a highly-addictive street drug made from dried pods and husks. The CBSA conducts risk-based screening at the border and works with the RCMP to protect Canadians from all forms of drug smuggling.”
Inspector Stephen Lee, RCMP Federal Serious and Organized Crime, said: “Investigations such as this, highlight the important relationship between the Canada Border Services Agency and RCMP Federal Serious and Organized Crime in detecting and interdicting drugs in the first instance and bringing those allegedly responsible through the court process. Such partnerships are critical in supporting our ongoing commitment to combatting transnational organized crime.”
- Opium poppy and its derivatives are regulated under Schedule I of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. Only licensed dealers under the Narcotic Control Regulations are allowed to import or export opium, with a valid permit.
- The Pacific Highway border crossing is located at 28 176th Street in Surrey, B.C.