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Canadian border officers this month seized 20 bricks of cocaine at the Ambassador Bridge, officials announced Thursday.

On Sept. 16, a 45-year-old commercial truck driver was allegedly caught with 20 bricks of cocaine after Canada Border Services Agency officers conducted a secondary search, officials said.

The truck driver, Ashvinder Singh Kundi of Guelph, Ontario, was arrested and charged with possession for the purposes of trafficking and importation of a controlled substance, officials said. He is in custody and scheduled to appear in an Ontario court on Friday.

Also this month, CBSA officers seized 1.4 kilograms of cocaine, concealed in cans of hot chocolate mix at the Fort Erie Peace Bridge. That suspect, Kayon Joan Beckford of Etobicoke, has also been charged with possession for the purposes of trafficking and importation of a controlled substance.

“These cocaine seizures show that the CBSA’s efforts to stop the smuggling of illicit drugs and keep contraband off our streets are working,” Rick Comerford, regional director general of the Southern Ontario Region CBSA said in a statement.

“I am proud of the work of our officers who are vigilant in their efforts to ensure our borders are not used for illegal activities.”

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