TORONTO, June 26, 2014 /CNW/ - A joint investigation between the Royal
Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and the Canada Border Services Agency
(CBSA) has resulted in the seizure of approximately 22.4 kilograms of
heroin, false ID and cash leading to the arrest of four Greater Toronto
Area (GTA) residents
This investigation commenced when CBSA officers at Toronto Pearson
International Airport inspected a shipment containing various carpets
that originated from Pakistan. Upon further examination of this
shipment, CBSA officers discovered approximately 20 kilograms of heroin
concealed in several strings and woven within the weave of 4 area
carpets. CBSA officers contacted the RCMP's GTA Serious and Organized
Crime Unit. 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 June 20, 2014, RCMP investigators attended at a commercial business
establishment in the area of Queen Elizabeth Blvd. and Taymall Avenue
in Toronto, and arrested three male suspects. A forth male suspect was
also arrested at a residence in Toronto. Further investigation led the
RCMP to execute several successful search warrants in Toronto,
Mississauga, for residential addresses and one motor vehicle.
"Illegal drugs being smuggled into Canada is another activity lead by
organized crime. The RCMP is committed to bring to justice anyone
involved in illegal activities," said Inspector Dean Dickson, Team
Commander at the RCMP's Toronto Airport Detachment for the GTA Serious
& Organized Crime Section. "The results of this investigation
demonstrate how the RCMP and its partnered agencies work effectively
together to keep illegal drugs out of our communities."
"Criminal organizations often utilize major airports and gateways to
facilitate the entry of illegal commodities into the country," said
Goran Vragovic, Regional Director General of the GTA Region. "Our
officers are expertly trained to intercept narcotics, even when the
most unusual concealment methods are used. I want to congratulate all
the dedicated officers and to thank our partners."
The RCMP charged the following individuals with offences relating to
Tajudeen FANIKAYODE (52) of Toronto;
Saidi Sanni OLUFEKO (38) of Toronto;
Akeem ONAOLA (46) of Mississauga; and
Peter AJIRI (34) of Toronto.
6(1) importing drugs into Canada,
5(2) and possession for the purpose of trafficking,
More charges are pending further investigations.
All accused remain in custody and are scheduled to make appearances at
Brampton Provincial Courthouse at 7755 Hurontario Street. This
investigation is ongoing and may result in further arrests and
The RCMP would like to acknowledge the assistance of CBSA, Toronto
Police Service and Peel Regional Police and the Ontario Provincial
Police during this investigation.
Law enforcement agencies work hard to make our communities a safer place
to live however, your assistance in staying vigilant and informing us
of any suspicious activities will help us in being even more
successful. You can contact your local police, the Ontario RCMP at
1-800-387-0020 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477
at any time.
Website: RCMP in Ontario
Image with caption: "Four area carpets that concealed heroin (CNW Group/Royal Canadian Mounted Police)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140626_C8929_PHOTO_EN_41764.jpg
Image with caption: "String, woven within the weave of the area carpet (CNW Group/Royal Canadian Mounted Police)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140626_C8929_PHOTO_EN_41766.jpg
SOURCE: Royal Canadian Mounted Police
For further information:
For media inquiries contact:
Staff Sgt. Richard Woo
Toronto Airport Detachment
Ontario RCMP Media Relations
CBSA Media Relations