Police in B.C. have arrested two men after opium was found in a shipment labelled as tea kettles from Iran.

The shipment arrived at Vancouver International Airport's cargo terminal earlier this month with documentation saying it contained Samovar-style tea kettles.

But when inspectors with the Canada Border Services Agency checked inside, they found 18 kilograms of opium, RCMP Const. Michael McLaughlin said in a release Thursday.

The agency called in the RCMP drug enforcement unit and the shipment was traced to two Vancouver-area men.

When they were arrested, they found another 13 kilograms of the drug in one of the suspect's cars, McLaughlin said.

Police are recommending drug charges against the two, a 41-year-old Vancouver man and a 32-year-old Burnaby resident.

They have been released and are scheduled to appear in court June 2.