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Human Smuggling Exercises

Joan Weeks

If you passed by Sydney Harbour today, you might have thought a ship carrying illegal drugs was being taken down.

A Canadian Coast Guard vessel escorted another large ship to the Government Wharf.

Waiting were the RCMP, fire trucks, emergency vehicles and Canadian Border Services.

It wasn't a drug sting... but an international exercise simulating a human smuggling operation.

Everyone from The Joint Task Force to the local District Health Authority wanted to make sure they were ready if a migrant ship was discovered off our shores.

Joan Weeks was on the wharf to witness the exercise.

As it got underway, she spoke with some of the key people involved.

Listen audio (runs 6:35)