Canada Organized Crime Using Highways To Traffic Drugs: RCMP

First Posted: 07/06/11 06:15 PM ET Updated: 09/05/11 06:12 AM ET

THE CANADIAN PRESS -- OTTAWA - The RCMP says sophisticated criminals are using special compartments built into tractor trailers to smuggle cash across borders.

A Mountie intelligence report warns organized crime is exploiting the trucking industry to move money, drugs and people.

It says criminals are operating within a rapidly expanding industry that is challenging to regulate.

Cocaine is the most common illegal commodity intercepted in commercial trucks entering Canada and marijuana is most often nabbed domestically.

A declassified version of the report, completed last year, was obtained under the Access to Information Act.

It notes truck traffic is expected to expected to expand significantly over the next decade on North American Free Trade Agreement corridors.

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Filed by Christian Cotroneo  |