Friday August 25, 2018,CBC.ca/news
Drugs bust among Canada’s largest in recent times.
The haul is valued at $545 million.
(CBC) about 3,000 pounds (1,500kg) of heroin was seized by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police on Friday, in what authorities claim is among the largest drug busts in recent Scotia Nova’s history.
Valued at $545 million, the consignment was found aboard a merchant ship off Scotia Nova’s coast, according to a statement by the Police.
The Australia-registered ship was coming from Usa and was intercepted after a two-day long operation.
“This is the biggest catch of narcotics in the present times,” said police spokesman in a statement sent to the Cbc. on Friday.
Several authorities, including the Canadian Navy were involved in the investigation.
The police confirmed the ship had a crew of eight, though no arrests have been made at present.
Canada has stringent narcotics laws, with a minimum sentence of 15 years imprisonment for heroin smuggling offenses.
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) hints that the ship might have crewed all the way from Afghanistan which is estimated to manufacture over 90% of the world’s opium — the main ingredient in heroin — most of which is shipped to Europe and North America.