An examination by border services officers at the Halifax Container Examination Facility revealed over 900 packages of suspected opium concealed within a single shipping container arriving from the United Arab Emirates.
The total weight of the suspected narcotics was over 95 kilograms. After undergoing laboratory testing, the narcotics were confirmed to be opium.
This operation was led by the Canada Borders Services Agency’s (CBSA) Halifax Container Examination Team which is responsible for examining high-risk containers and cargo arriving in Canada by sea via the Port of Halifax.
A number of CBSA teams assisted with the operation, including the Waterfront Cargo Inspection Unit, Intelligence and Enforcement Operations, Detector Dog Services, Commercial Operations and Marine Operations. The narcotics were transferred to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) for further investigation.
No information was released about the actual declared content of the container, nor it’s destination.