Canadian border services officers and the RCMP announced Friday they have seized 244 kilograms of suspected cocaine at the Port of Montreal.
The seizure was the biggest so far this year, and third largest in the past 12 months.
The drugs were found January 30 on a Paraguayan-registered ship coming from Europe.
The declared goods were scrap metal, but investigations and a tip from international police helped authorities locate the drugs.
Benoît Chiquette with Canada Border Services says the ship's itinerary was suspicious because the route it took cost more than the scrap metal it was carrying.
“The route was far more expensive than what they were importing, plus there is no need in Canada for what they were importing, scrap metal,” Chiquette said.
An X-ray screening machine located the drugs at the back of a container and it took approximately 40 hours to take the drugs out of the sixteen metal boxes they were hidden in.
The investigation continues and no arrests have been made.