Police have seized nearly nine kilograms of cocaine from airports in Hamilton and Toronto.
Three seizures of suspected cocaine happened over a period of four days at the beginning of February, the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) said in a press release yesterday. Border services officers at the John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport and the Toronto Pearson International Airport discovered the packages.
The first discovery happened at Pearson on Feb. 1 when the packages of narcotics, weighing nearly six kilograms in total, were found concealed in a mailbag from Jamaica.
Border officers discovered more cocaine packages on Feb. 3 at the same location when they searched a suitcase belonging to a male traveller arriving from Venezuela. An x-ray examination revealed about three kilograms of cocaine concealed along the body and sides of the suitcase.
On Feb. 4 at the Hamilton airport, border services officers examined a courier shipment that had been declared as coffee. Within the package of coffee beans, officers discovered brown pellets containing about 71.5 grams of suspected cocaine.
In a press release, Inspector Dean Dickson of the RCMP Toronto Airport Detachment said that their partnership with the CBSA made these seizures possible.
"Every time we are able to keep drugs off our streets, has an impact on the health and safety of Canadians," said Dickson.
The drugs, which were confirmed to be cocaine in laboratory tests, have been turned over to the RCMP and Hamilton Police Service for further investigation.