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Boundary Bay border agents seize 33 kilos of marijuana
More than 33 kilograms of marijuana were seized by Canadian border agents at the Boundary Bay crossing on Saturday, after officers there noticed a B.C.-plated pickup truck driving erratically while waiting in line to cross into Canada.
The confiscated drugs had an estimated street value of $662,000, according to the Canada Border Services Agency.
The drugs were intercepted after a border services officer noticed a B.C.-plated pickup truck driving erratically in the border crossing's preprimary inspection line.
During the examination, the driver stated he became lost when approaching the border crossing and attempted to turn around to avoid examination. Upon inspection of the man's vehicle, officers discovered 11 garbage bags filled with what they suspected to be marijuana in the bed of the pickup truck.
Drug detector dog Timber and his handler assisted the officers in determining the bags contained suspected marijuana. Officers immediately arrested the 54-year-old Canadian male driver and seized his vehicle.
"This seizure is an excellent example of the outstanding work done by our officers," said Bernie Pitura, Chief of Operations for Boundary Bay. "Stopping the smuggling of illegal drugs at our borders plays a big part in making our communities safer."
The Delta Police Department was contacted and attended the scene and took the man into custody.
Delta Police and CBSA investigations are ongoing.
This is the fourth significant drug seizure in Pacific Region this month. On Nov. 4 and 6, officers at the Vancouver International Airport intercepted travellers who had ingested heroin and methamphetamines in three failed smuggling attempts.