Snail mail still popular way to send illegal drugs, CBSA says
Mostly small amounts are seized, but officials occasionally make a big find
The Canada Border Service Agency says more than 2,600 international parcels containing illegal drugs were seized at the Canada Post sorting facility in Montreal's Saint-Laurent borough in 2015.
While the quantities of drugs found are usually small, CBSA spokeswoman Jaqueline Ruby said there were rare instances when drug traffickers upped the ante.
She pointed to two parcels from Peru that contained nine kilograms of cocaine hidden in carbon filters.
Across Quebec, 2,891 pieces of mail containing illegal drugs were seized in 2015, including 2,622 individual items at Montreal's Saint-Laurent sorting facility.
The CBSA wouldn't comment on the methods used for detecting the drugs.
The Canada Post facility in Montreal processes 14 million international parcels a year, the CBSA said.