cbcnews canada: A total of 170 kilograms of cocaine was seized in two separate drug busts at the Port of Saint John, Canada Border Services Agency officials announced Friday.
The drugs have an estimated street value of more than $21 million, officials said.
The cocaine was hidden in specially altered wood pallets used to transport food products from Guyana. The shipping containers were destined for the Toronto area.
Eight men, ranging in age from 31 to 70, have been charged with importing, conspiracy to import and possession for the purpose of trafficking, according to the RCMP.
“This is a very significant seizure here in our region,” Andrew LeFrank, regional director general for CBSA, Atlantic region, stated in a release.
“We have kept hundreds of thousands of doses of this dangerous drug off our streets, and kept the profits out of the pockets of drug smugglers,” he said.
The busts occurred on May 29 and June 5.
New Brunswick RCMP Federal Operations West, CBSA, the RCMP in the Greater Toronto Area and Saint John police participated in the seizures.
Last year, RCMP and border officials intercepted cocaine-stuffed pineapples at the port.
There were two seizures between August and October, totalling 28 kilograms. The estimated street value was $3.5 million.
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