Earlier in June, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced it seized 6,300 kilograms of methamphetamine hidden in jugs labelled as canola oil in Metro Vancouver over the last six months. Specifically, one of the seizures of the drug was the largest-ever quantity seized by the CBSA.
The largest-ever seizure took place on Jan. 22 at the Tsawwassen Container Examination Facility, and included 180 jugs containing 2,907 kilograms of liquid methamphetamine. Other seizures took place in Burnaby and Tsawwassen on Dec. 13, 2022, when CBSA officers seized 40 jugs containing 204.3 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine and on May 3, when officers seized 19 jugs containing 325.12 kilograms of liquid methamphetamine, and on May 31, when another 180 jugs containing 2,898 kilograms of liquid methamphetamine were found.
Since the drug-containing jugs were destined for export to Australia, the CBSA has been collaborating on the investigation with international partners, including Australian Federal Police, the Australian Border Service, and the New Zealand Police and Customs Service. Moreover, the drugs bound for Australia were substituted with harmless substances to allow the authorities more time to track and identify alleged Australian offenders in the operation. As a result of the investigation, five Australian citizens and one American were arrested in Australia due to their alleged links to the operation, and the investigation has been referred to the RCMP. The police have called the operation a “global crime syndicate’s attempt” to traffic $1.5 billion worth of methamphetamine into the country.
“The safety and security of Canadians is our government’s top priority,” said federal Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino in a news release. “I want to thank the CBSA, the RCMP and our Australian and New Zealand law enforcement partners for their excellent work in disrupting organized crime and protecting our communities from dangerous narcotics,” he added.