That wasn’t sugar on top: Raspberry truck busted

Border officials at Windsor’s Ambassador Bridge crossing found an unusual choice of topping last week on a load of California raspberries bound for the GTA.

The Canada Border Services Agency on Wednesday reported finding 39 kilograms (86 pounds) of cocaine stored in two bags on top of a shipment of raspberries at the border on June 10.

The load was inspected “as a result of a referral for a secondary examination,” CBSA said in a release.

The cocaine, found in a shipment from a California grower and destined for a distributor in the Etobicoke area of Toronto, has been turned over to the RCMP, the CBSA said.

The raspberry truck driver, Drago Knezevic, 50, of Kitchener was arrested “without incident” by Windsor RCMP and charged with a count of importing and a count of possession for the purpose of trafficking.

The drugs, with an estimated street value of $3.9 million, amount to “a significant cocaine seizure, demonstrating excellent work by border services officers,” Rick Comerford, regional director general for CBSA’s southern Ontario region, said in the release.

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