MONTREAL - The RCMP says it was involved in a monster international drug bust that nabbed more than 43 tonnes of hashish worth an estimated $860 million.
That's the equivalent of 43 million grams — enough hashish to drug every single person in Canada, more than once.
The drugs were seized in several countries including Pakistan, Belgium, Italy and Canada. They were destined for Montreal and Halifax.
Police say the amount seized is equivalent to more than half of all the hashish sent to Canada, or confiscated here, for the entire year 2009.
Project Celsius began in 2009 and 2010 when authorities discovered drugs at the ports of Montreal and Halifax.
Eight Montreal-area residents have been arrested and will face charges of conspiracy, importing and possession of cannabis resin for the purpose of trafficking.
The RCMP investigation revealed that most of the hashish came from Pakistan.