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In August a routine inventory check at the St-Louis-de-Blandford warehouse in Quebec revealed that multiple barrels, supposed to be full of maple syrup, were in fact empty.In total, 10 million pounds of syrup, worth an estimated $30 million, were estimated stolen. It was the crime of the Canadian century.
While it was an audacious crime, the thieves may not escape so easily. Last week Canadian authorities obtained search warrants and raided a facility in New Brunswick, Canada, according to multiple reports in Canadian media. It is believed that the facility may have been unknowingly storing some of the siphoned syrup.
A police source who spoke to the Montreal Gazette confirmed the warrant had been “executed”, and an “important” amount of syrup was found. Meanwhile, the Globe and Mail reports that between 600 and 800 barrels of syrup had been found at the company, a syrup exporter. No arrests have been made and the owner of the facility is believed to have acted in good faith.
Quebec has been referred to as the “Saudi Arabia of syrup“, and produces around 70 and 80 per cent of the world’s maple syrup, most of it exported to the United States. Producers had worried that such a large amount of stolen syrup on the black market could force legitimate producers to lower their prices.
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