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CBSA cocaine seizure leads to nine-year sentence for drug smuggler

April 4, 2024 at 11:02 am  Federal, Politics

April 4, 2024     Delta, British Columbia     Canada Border Services Agency/Royal Canadian Mounted Police

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and Royal Mounted Canadian Police (RCMP) are committed to keeping dangerous drugs out of communities and disrupting illegal activities at our borders.

On February 26, 2024, Gerry Crawley, a resident of New Brunswick and commercial driver, was sentenced to nine years in prison for attempting to smuggle 71.5 kg of cocaine into Canada at the Pacific Highway Commercial border crossing.

Following an investigation by the CBSA and the Pacific Region RCMP Federal Policing Program, Crawley was found guilty of the following offences under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act:

  • Section 5(2): Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking
  • Section 6(1): Importing/Exporting a Controlled Substance

On March 18, 2021, Crawley entered the Pacific Highway Commercial Operations in a tractor-trailer carrying personal care products from California. During the examination, border services officers found 64 individually wrapped bricks of suspected cocaine hidden within the vehicle. In total, 71.5 kilograms of cocaine was seized with an estimated value of over $3.5 million.

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