CBSA and RCMP unravel alleged narcotics smuggling attempt and seize over 265 kilograms of suspected narcotics
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), Southern Ontario Region, in partnership with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), is committed to keeping illegal goods from entering our neighbourhoods. The dedication of officers from these forces kept approximately 265 kilograms of illegal suspected narcotics from reaching our communities and weakening the grip of organized crime.
On January 13, 2022, a commercial transport truck driver arrived at the primary inspection booth at the Blue Water Bridge in Point Edward, Ontario. The vehicle was subject to a secondary examination. During examination of the vehicle, border services officers noted large garbage bags and spare tires. Further inspection of the items led to the discovery of substances believed to be illegal suspected narcotics. In total, approximately 265 kilograms of suspected heroin, suspected 2 c-b (commonly referred to as pink cocaine) and suspected methamphetamines were seized.
- Importation of methamphetamines, contrary to Section 6(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act;
- Importation of heroin, contrary to Section 6(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act;
- Importation of 2 c-b, contrary to Section 6(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act;
- Possession for the purpose of trafficking – methamphetamines, contrary to Section 5(2) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act;
- Possession for the purpose of trafficking – heroin, contrary to Section 5(2) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act; and,
- Possession for the purpose of trafficking – 2 c-b, contrary to Section 5(2) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.
The matter is currently before the Ontario Court of Justice, in Sarnia, Ontario.
“The safety and security of Canadians is our government’s top priority. Our work to protect Canadians begins at our borders, stopping illicit drugs from coming into Canada and disrupting criminal activity. I want to thank the RCMP and the CBSA for their quick and decisive action to keep Canadians safe.” – The Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Minister of Public Safety
“The CBSA is proud of this significant seizure. The tireless efforts of our officers have kept this immense load of narcotics out of Canadian communities. With public safety at the forefront, the CBSA teamed up with the RCMP to jointly take control of this illegal activity. It’s a great example of joint forces working collaboratively to serve the public.” – An Nguyen, District Director, St. Clair District Operations, Canada Border Services Agency
This investigation is another great example of the RCMP and the CBSA working together to keep our communities safe. I commend the CBSA and our RCMP officers who once again, through a joint effort, demonstrated continued commitment in working together to effectively disrupt the drug trade. – Superintendent Shawn Boudreau, Officer in Charge, RCMP Border Integrity Program, O Division
The RCMP took custody of the suspected narcotics and charged 23-year-old Arshdeep Singh of Quebec City, Quebec with: