Dubai Police tip-off leads to biggest opium seizure in Canada

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Authorities in Canada have seized nearly 2,500 kg of opium, after receiving a reliable security tip from Dubai Police.

The drugs that were packed in 247 shipping pallets were intercepted in Vancouver, British Columbia, late last year.

The seizure came after Dubai Police shared information on 19 shipping containers suspected of containing narcotic substances heading to Canada.

Dubai Police said the record drug haul is another example of their continuous and fruitful cooperation with Canadian authorities and law enforcement agencies.

The Force tracked the shipment's itinerary for nearly 73 days until it arrived at the Vancouver port, where Canadian authorities carried out the drug seizure.

Will Ng, Assistant Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), thanked the General Department of Anti-narcotics at Dubai Police for their valuable contribution to the operation.

"The joint investigation contributed to keeping nearly 2,500 kg of opium with an estimated street value of over 50 million Canadian dollars from entering the province of British Columbia. This significant drug seizure has undoubtedly put a dent in organised crime," he said.

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