A woman traveling through Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport was arrested on Halloween morning after agents with the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) found nearly two kilograms (four pounds) of cocaine hidden inside three pumpkins she was carrying.
CBSA made the discovery while they were searching the luggage of a woman who had just flown into Montreal. "The pumpkins seemed heavy, so we decided to run them through an X-ray machine and the drugs were found in bags inside the pumpkins," CBSA spokeswoman Jacqueline Roby told Agence France-Passe.
According to the Vancouver Sun, the drugs and the passenger were handed over to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for further investigation.
Roby declined to say how old the woman was or from where she was traveling, the Vancouver Sun reported. “As for the street value, it all depends on how the cocaine is cut and sold, so I cannot give you that either,” she added.
“Border services officers work tirelessly to intercept narcotics regardless how they are hidden,” Benoît Chiquette, the CBSA's regional director general for the Quebec Region, said in a statement on CBSA’s website. “This seizure helps eradicate narcotics from our community by stopping potential traffickers from using our international airports for their illicit cross-border activities.”
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According to the CBSA website, border officers at Montreal-Trudeau Airport have made 173 drug busts since the beginning of 2013, including 10 cocaine seizures totaling 44 kilograms (97 pounds). In 2012, border officers in Quebec made 1,653 drug busts, the CBSA confirmed.