TORONTO, Sept. 24, 2014 /CNW/ - A joint investigation between the Royal
Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), US Immigration and Customs Enforcements
(ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Canada Border
Services Agency (CBSA) has resulted in the seizure of approximately 957
grams of heroin leading to the arrest of one Toronto resident.
This investigation commenced on September 4th 2014, when Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in Northern
Kentucky (USA) intercepted a package containing clothing and several
sparring paddles that originated from Pakistan. Upon further
examination of this package, CBP officers discovered approximately 957
grams of heroin concealed within the sparring paddles. CBP contacted
HSI to initiate an international smuggling investigation.
As this shipment was destined for Toronto, HSI Special Agents in
consultation with HSI Toronto Special Agents contacted the RCMP's GTA
Serious and Organized Crime Unit. On September 7th the package was transported to Hamilton, Ontario where it was seized by
CBSA officers and turned over to the RCMP. The RCMP, along with our
partnered agencies, conducted a local investigation in order to
identify the individuals responsible for attempting to import the
heroin into Canada.
On September 10, 2014, RCMP conducted further investigation which
resulted in the arrest of a male in Toronto
"There has been increased intelligence-sharing and investigative
cooperation between Canada and the United States, which is recognized
as having contributed to greater success in seizing illicit drugs
crossing our shared border and apprehending those that traffic in
them," stated Inspector Dean Dickson, Team Commander RCMP Toronto
Airport Serious & Organized Crime Section.
The RCMP charged the following individual with offences relating to this
Jacob Koblah MENSAH (50) of Toronto
6(1) importing drugs into Canada,
5(2) and possession for the purpose of trafficking,
More charges are pending further investigations.
On September 12, 2014 MENSAH was release on bail, next court scheduled
for October 10, 2014. This investigation is ongoing and may result in
further arrests and charges.
The RCPM would like to thank Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), U.S
Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Canada Border Services Agency
(CBSA), Toronto Police Service (TPS), Peel Regional Police (PRP) and
York Regional Police (YRP) for their assistance in this investigation.
SOURCE: Royal Canadian Mounted Police
For further information:
Sgt. George Johnson
Serious & Organized Crime
Toronto Airport Detachment
RCMP "O" Division
Website: RCMP in Ontario