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More than $28M of meth seized at border crossing on Christmas

Last Updated Jan 27, 2021 at 12:43 pm MDT

Border officers showa record amount of meth seized from a Calgary semi driver on Dec. 25, 2020. (CREDIT: Canada Border Services Agency)

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – It was a record-breaking Christmas for Canada border officers, finding a huge amount of meth during a search in southern Alberta.

On Christmas Day, officers at the Coutts Border Crossing searched a semi-truck and found 228.14 kg of meth worth about $28.5 million.

“While many Canadians were celebrating Christmas at home, border services officers at Coutts remained on the front line to protect our country,” said Ben Tame with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).

“It is because of CBSA officers’ diligence while screening essential goods that this record amount of methamphetamine did not reach our streets or cause harm to our communities.”

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The CBSA say this is the largest seizure of meth at a land border crossing in Canadian history.

The previous record for a meth seizure at a land border crossing was approximately 200 kg, on Christmas Eve, 2019 at the Ambassador Bridge port of entry in Windsor, Ontario.

The 38-year-old driver from Calgary was arrested and charged with drug trafficking offences.

He is due to appear in court on Feb. 11.