Heroin seizure at Halifax airport leads to man's arrest

A 45-year-old Canadian man is facing charges after a heroin bust at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport on Valentine's Day.

Heroin found concealed in man's suitcase on Valentine's Day

This packaged heroin was removed from a man's luggage lining at the Halifax airport on Feb. 14. (CBSA Atlantic)

A 45-year-old Canadian man is facing charges after a heroin bust at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport on Valentine's Day.

Last Sunday, Canada Border Services Agency said officers discovered "inconsistencies" in a traveller's suitcase during a routine inspection. The man was travelling from Rwanda.

After taking the suitcase apart, the agents found a large package concealed in the liner of the suitcase.

"When we X-ray a bag, different products turn up different colours," said Colin Murchison, the chief of operations for the Canada Border Services Agency at the Halifax airport. 

"Any organic products, which can include narcotics, would show up as one colour while metals or more dense objects would show up as another."

Murchison said the package contained 4.8 kilograms of a substance which tested positive for heroin.

Border agents arrested the man and turned him and the narcotics over to the RCMP. 

Murchison said a "significant" seizure such as this does not occur very often in Halifax. He said there have been two such seizures in Atlantic Canada within the last five years — this one and a five-kilogram heroin seizure at the Port of Halifax in 2011.

At that time, the five kilograms of heroin seized had an estimated value of $2 million.

Comments

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.