459kg of cocaine seized at Canadian port

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More than 459kg of cocaine has been seized at the Port of Halifax, Canada, according to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).

The CBSA said the cocaine was found in a commercial cargo shipment at the port on October 29, 2014.

The discovery was made after authorities searched a container ship from Argentina that passed through the Panama Canal which is due to have its extension completed in early 2016.

After X-raying, the shipping container officers found eight large duffel bags, each containing 50 bricks of cocaine that were wrapped with plastic carrying a Louis Vuitton logo.

Officers discovered a total of 400 bricks of cocaine weighing around one kilogram each.

Dominic Mallette, CBSA chief of operations, said: “This massive seizure means that we have prevented hundreds of thousands of individual doses of this dangerous and illegal drug from reaching our communities and being sold on our streets.”

The shipment has been calculated at around 18 million units of cocaine and it would need to be diluted four times before it could be sold on the street, according to Sgt. Keith MacKinnon of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Serious and Organised Crime Unit.

This marks the second significant seizure of cocaine at the port this year.

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