CBSA drug-sniffing dog discovers 1,300 kgs of hashish at Montreal Port

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) seized more than 1,300 kgs of suspected hashish in Montreal’s Old Port thanks to a drug detector dog named River.

The drugs were found on a marine container from Malawi carrying laminated floor pieces and handcrafted furniture.

River, a seven-year-old Labrador retriever trained to detect drugs, sniffed out the packets in the container.

It was one of the biggest busts by River, who usually works with the CBSA at Montreal’s Trudeau airport.

“I must specify that the drugs were very well-hidden within the laminated wood pieces,” said CBSA spokesman Dominique McNeely. “Our detector dog, River, he detected the smell and he helped our officers find the suspicious pieces of wood.”

A total of 3,000 packets were found within the floor pieces on Dec. 10.

“It’s an important seizure. It’s a very important quality of drugs that we intercepted but it’s not a record,” said McNeely.

No arrests have been made.

The CBSA and the RCMP are investigating.

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