Nearly 167 kilos of cocaine headed for Canada, seized in Derby Line

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DERBY LINE — Federal authorities say a major drug bust took place in Derby Line last Saturday, with almost 167 kilos of cocaine seized before being smuggled into Canada.

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Jason Nelson, a truck driver from Quebec, was picked up by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents in Derby Line on December 7.

A drug dog detected narcotics hidden in a secret, custom made compartment of the trailer Nelson was hauling.

A total of 142 bricks of white powder that later tested positive for cocaine was discovered inside the compartment.

The rest of the trailer was empty.

Nelson was preparing to enter back into Canada at the time.

According to a new report on global drug use, Canada ranks second in the world for cocaine use.

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