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Record drug bust at Winnipeg airport: CBSA seizes $9 million in cocaine

Record drug bust at Winnipeg airport: CBSA seizes $9 million in cocaine
Record drug bust at Winnipeg airport

By: Staff Writer I Winnipeg Tribune

Winnipeg, February 27, 2024 - In what marks the largest airport cocaine bust in Prairie history, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) intercepted a staggering cache of cocaine at Winnipeg Richardson International Airport earlier this month. The seizure, announced by CBSA in a press release today.

During a examination of a flight originating from outside the country on February 9th, CBSA officers uncovered two unclaimed suitcases. Upon closer inspection, they made a startling discovery—60 meticulously wrapped packages containing what is believed to be cocaine. The total haul weighed in at a jaw-dropping 74.8 kilograms, with an estimated street value exceeding $9 million.

"This seizure is the largest narcotics interception at an airport in the Prairie Region and exemplifies the relentless efforts of the CBSA to disrupt organized crime and safeguard Canadian communities," declared CBSA in their official statement.

Greg Valentine, Director of Intelligence and Enforcement Operations Division for the Prairie Region, said, "thanks to the quick thinking of officers at the Winnipeg International Airport, more than 75 kg of cocaine is not going to make it to Canadian streets where it could have injured or destroyed lives."

Following the seizure, the narcotics were handed over to the Manitoba Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) for further investigation. At present, no additional details regarding the circumstances of the smuggling attempt or potential suspects have been disclosed.


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