On May 8, officers inspected 18 cardboard boxes, sent from Lahore, Pakistan, and destined to an address in Montreal, declared as containing shoe soles.
Inside the boxes, officers found bags of coffee containing a pasty brown substance. Thorough laboratory tests revealed that the substance was hashish.
The substance was handed over to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) who is pursuing the investigation.
For both years 2013 and 2014, border services officers made 5,472 seizures of hashish, marijuana or cannabis products in Canada, including 1,232 in Quebec.
“To detect narcotics among harmless-looking goods, border services officers not only rely on sophisticated detection tools but also their flair and experience. Our officers have a knack for recognizing the most elaborate drug importation schemes,” said Benoit Chiquette, Regional Director General, CBSA, Quebec Region.