• ITVI.USA
    12,471.780
    100.550
    0.8%
  • OTRI.USA
    16.130
    0.180
    1.1%
  • OTVI.USA
    12,460.730
    102.220
    0.8%
  • TLT.USA
    2.640
    -0.010
    -0.4%
  • TSTOPVRPM.ATLPHL
    2.630
    0.110
    4.4%
  • TSTOPVRPM.CHIATL
    1.910
    0.050
    2.7%
  • TSTOPVRPM.DALLAX
    1.250
    -0.060
    -4.6%
  • TSTOPVRPM.LAXDAL
    2.390
    0.130
    5.8%
  • TSTOPVRPM.PHLCHI
    1.330
    0.070
    5.6%
  • TSTOPVRPM.LAXSEA
    2.750
    0.020
    0.7%
  • WAIT.USA
    103.000
    -17.000
    -14.2%
  • ITVI.USA
    12,471.780
    100.550
    0.8%
  • OTRI.USA
    16.130
    0.180
    1.1%
  • OTVI.USA
    12,460.730
    102.220
    0.8%
  • TLT.USA
    2.640
    -0.010
    -0.4%
  • TSTOPVRPM.ATLPHL
    2.630
    0.110
    4.4%
  • TSTOPVRPM.CHIATL
    1.910
    0.050
    2.7%
  • TSTOPVRPM.DALLAX
    1.250
    -0.060
    -4.6%
  • TSTOPVRPM.LAXDAL
    2.390
    0.130
    5.8%
  • TSTOPVRPM.PHLCHI
    1.330
    0.070
    5.6%
  • TSTOPVRPM.LAXSEA
    2.750
    0.020
    0.7%
  • WAIT.USA
    103.000
    -17.000
    -14.2%
CanadaNewsTrucking

Truck inspection at Canada-US border yields 50 kilograms of suspected cocaine

Trucker arrested attempting to enter Ontario from Michigan after Canada Border Service Agency officers find bricks hidden in boxes.

Border officers seized 50 kilograms of suspected cocaine in a commercial truck attempting to enter Canada from the U.S. and arrested the driver.

Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA) officers intercepted the shipment — with a potential street value of C$4 million — on Nov. 18 at the Point Edward border crossing in southwest Ontario, near Michigan. The CBSA and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) announced the seizure on Nov. 28.

CBSA officers discovered the suspected cocaine after noticing inconsistent weights of boxes in the commercial truck’s shipment. Further inspection revealed 50 bricks of suspected cocaine, each weighing 1 kilogram.

Authorities arrested the trucker, Guo Bing Zhao, 52, and charged him with importation of a controlled substance and possession for the purposes of trafficking. He is slated for a bail hearing on Dec. 12.

The RCMP said the investigation was ongoing, and the suspected cocaine is undergoing lab analysis.

While authorities did not provide an estimated street value of the suspected cocaine, data from the 2019 Global Drug Survey suggests it could be worth more than C$4 million (US$3 million).

Canada has the second-highest level of reported cocaine use worldwide, trying with England, Italy, Brazil, Portugal and Denmark, according to the survey.

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Nate Tabak, Border and North America Correspondent

Nate Tabak is a Toronto-based journalist who covers cross-border trucking, logistics and trade for FreightWaves. Before moving to Canada, he spent seven years reporting stories in the Balkans and Eastern Europe as a reporter, producer and editor based in Kosovo. He previously worked at newspapers in the San Francisco Bay Area, including the San Jose Mercury News. He graduated from UC Berkeley, where he studied the history of American policing. Contact Nate at ntabak@freightwaves.com.
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