1.5 tonnes of cocaine seized at Port of Halifax

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In early March 2024, more than 1.5 tonnes of suspected cocaine was seized by CBSA border services officers at the Container Examination Facility in Halifax, Nova Scotia (NS). The seizure, valued at approximately $194 million, was a result of collaboration between CBSA Atlantic’s Operations and Intelligence Divisions, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in Halifax, NS, and the United States’ (US) Homeland Security Investigations. The operation began March 4, 2024, when the US Homeland Security Investigations flagged the possibility of contraband within a marine shipping container originating from California and destined for Europe. On March 6, the shipping container was examined at the Port of Halifax, NS. Border services officers conducted an in-depth search, leading to the seizure of 1556 kilograms of cocaine found concealed inside the container. All evidence was turned over to the RCMP for further investigation.

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