Canada confirmed Saturday that it helped the U.S. seize more than 1.1 tonnes of cocaine in the eastern Pacific Ocean last week.
During a search of a vessel on Oct. 25, crew members from HMCS Edmonton and a U.S. Law Enforcement Detachment team found 639 kg of cocaine, the Department of National Defence said in a statement. Two days later, the same team tracked and boarded another vessel, seizing 468 kg of cocaine.
In both cases, the ships were detected by a CP-140 Aurora aircraft, Canada's only strategic maritime surveillance aircraft
"Taking part in joint operations with our allies helps keep illicit drugs from entering Canada, and has a significant impact on the safety of our citizens," Minister of National Defence Rob Nicholson said. "I am proud of the significant contribution of our Canadian Armed Forces to this critical mission and their service to Canada."