Cocaine seizure at Port of Halifax

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The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) today announced a seizure of cocaine.

On November 16, 2018, CBSA officers at the Port of Halifax discovered 4.76 kg of cocaine while searching a marine container en route to Israel. With the use of tools, an extensive physical examination of the 1,200 bags of vegetable charcoal lead to the discovery of 33 small concealed packages of cocaine.

The seized narcotics were turned over to the RCMP Federal Serious and Organized Crime (FSOC) Section. As a result, the Israeli National Police (INP) arrested 11 suspects in Tel Aviv.

This was a joint operation involving international partners, CBSA, RCMP and INP.

The CBSA requires pre-arrival information on all vessels and marine cargo to better risk manage higher and/or unknown risks while facilitating legitimate trade.


Bags of vegetable charcoal in container prior to examination.