56 Surrey-bound cocaine bricks seized at border

A cache of suspected cocaine found hidden in a truckload of food at the Pacific Highway border last month was the largest seizure of the drug in B.C. since July 2011.

Officials announced the June 26 interception on Thursday, saying 56 bricks (62.3 kilograms) of the illicit substance were discovered in five cardboard boxes being shipped from California.

The shipment was apparently destined for Surrey.

Two years ago, 115 kg of cocaine was seized at the same border.

In the latest incident, the stash was uncovered during a secondary inspection of a northbound truck.

“The driver of the truck was referred to a secondary inspection after failing to satisfy the primary officer about the contents of his load as described in the bill of lading,” Canada Border Services Agency officials stated in a news release.

The drugs and driver – a 31-year-old Canadian resident – were both turned over to the RCMP.