By: Patrick Prescott, NewsOXY Reporter
10/05/2021 12:24 PM ET
Some sweet tooth Canadian bandits may soon find themselves in a sticky situation after a police investigation leads to over 800 barrels of maple syrup being seized near Quebec.
The Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers had been taking inventory of their strategic global reserve at St-Louis-de-Blandford, last month, when they noticed several barrels missing and other barrels had been left empty.
The federation then reported the shortage to local authorities.
On Wednesday, Sgt. Christine Coulombe of the Quebec provisional police said that the month long investigation had led to a search warrant being issued for an exporter in Kedjwick, New Brunswick. The search was performed last week according to the report.
Sgt Coulombe did not go in to much detail over the seized maple syrup, other then saying that the investigation was still ongoing.
Meanwhile, the owner of S.K. Export Inc., Etienne St-Pierre, said he told authorities that he obtained and seized the product through the normal means of buying it from his usual suppliers, and small producers based in Quebec.
St-Pierre says of the police raid, "They seized all my documents that were in the computer." St-Pierre also says that police where trying to locate the supplier who sold him the syrup.
The Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers reports that the amount of syrup that was stolen and later seized, is worth over $30 million.
It took a convoy of 16 tractor trailers, which had a police escort, to remove the seized pancake topper, which was relocated to undisclosed location.
"(The convoy's) under police protection going somewhere in Quebec," Yvon Poitras, the general manager of the New Brunswick Maple Syrup Association, said. "We've been asked not to talk because it's under investigation."