May 6, 2021

Canada: CBSA officers seize “hot” cargo at the Toronto Pearson International Airport

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thumbFrom The Government of Canada

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced on July 7 2016 the seizure of approximately 19.34 kilograms of suspected cocaine following a cargo offload at the Toronto Pearson International Airport (TPIA).

On June 23, 2016, CBSA officers, from Air Cargo, attended the offload of a flight arriving from Port of Spain, Trinidad. During the offload, officers identified two suspicious boxes. Upon opening the boxes, officers found an abundance of hot peppers; however, underneath the peppers were 17 brick-shaped packages that were suspected to contain contraband.

All cargo on the flight was transferred to CBSA facilities for X-ray examination while officers carried out a search of the entire aircraft. A sample of the identified packages was cut open and tested positive for suspected cocaine.

The suspected cocaine was turned over to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Quick Facts

  • To date in 2016, CBSA officers in the Greater Toronto Area have seized over 678 kilograms of suspected cocaine.
  • If you have information about suspicious cross-border activity, please contact the CBSA Border Watch Toll-free line at 1-888-502-9060.


“The continued vigilance of our officers enables us to successfully intercept the illegal importation of narcotics, fulfilling our commitment to protect the safety of Canadians and our communities.”
Goran Vragovic, CBSA Regional Director General, Greater Toronto Area Region



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