The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced today the seizure of 15 kg of suspected opium at the John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport.
On April 15, 2016, CBSA officers were conducting routine examinations at a courier facility on the airport grounds. A shipment originating from India and described as “toiletries” was selected for further inspection. An X-ray of one of the bottles inside the shipment showed anomalies and once opened, officers discovered that it was filled with a brown tar-like substance with an earthy odour. Subsequent drug testing proved positive for suspected opium. In total, 15 bottles were found to contain suspected opium.
“Smugglers will go to any extent to conceal contraband but our officers used their training and experience to deter the shipment from making it to its intended destination.” says Mark Leonard, CBSA Director, Outports and Postal Operations District, Greater Toronto Area Region.
The suspected opium was turned over to York Regional Police.