The shipping container that arrived in Vancouver, B.C., from Hong Kong was supposed to be carrying 402 cartons of cheap coffee mugs. It had 402 cartons all right. But only 318 had coffee mugs in them. The other 84 cartons had a few coffee mugs mixed in with something else entirely.
Namely, ketamine. More than 2,000 pounds of it. The largest find in Canadian history.
The bust happened last month, but was only announced on Wednesday.
Since then, three Chinese citizens and two Canadians have been arrested. Each are said to have ties to organized crime. All five are likely looking at some serious time in prison if convicted.
Drugs are bad, mmmK?
Ketamine, aka "K," "Special K," "K-Hole," etc., is used legitimately as a veterinary anesthetic and illegitimately as somewhat of a cross between a hallucinogen and a sedative. It's also sometimes mixed with certain types of ecstasy, and less often in other drugs like heroin.
The 1,000 kilograms border patrol agents found in the shipping container equals about a million doses of the drug with a street value of about $15 million.
Cream or sugar? Neither, thanks.
Agents were tipped off when they did an X-ray scan of the shipping container, and some of of the cartons of mugs looked strange. They conducted a manual search, and sure enough, there, buried among the polka-dotted and striped mugs, were bags and bags of K.
So that's the news.
Now watch some people getting effed up on ketamine here and here.