Published October 19, 2012 | 1:51 pm
Halifax: The Canada Border Services Agency claimed to have seized approximately 188 kg of ketamine, known as ‘Special K’ on the streets, in a rice shipment that arrived from India at the Port of Halifax.
The ketamine, in a shipment of rice, was found during a secondary examination of a marine container from India. CBSA officers detected anomalies within the shipment, and proceeded to carefully sift each of the 1,000 bags, to separate the loose ketamine crystals from the grains of rice. CBSA officers seized the ketamine and turned the drugs over to the National Ports Enforcement Team, comprised of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Halifax Regional Police, and CBSA for further investigation.
Ketamine, a tranquilizer with hallucinogenic properties, dissolves in liquid and is odourless and tasteless, allowing it to be slipped into drinks. As its sedative effect has been used to prevent victims from resisting sexual assault, ketamine is referred to as a “date rape” drug.
“Ketamine is a very dangerous street drug,” says Andrew LeFrank, Regional Director General, CBSA Atlantic Region. “This seizure has not only kept hundreds of thousands of doses off our streets; it has helped to prevent these drugs from being given to unknowing victims.”
The CBSA is collaborating with the RCMP and one person from Ontario has been arrested so far in this regard.Name of the arrested persons has not been revealed so far.