TORONTO, July 16, 2012 /CNW/ - As the result of an investigation, the
Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) have arrested and charged two GTA
residents for allegedly importing 95 kilograms of Ketamine into Canada.
The investigation commenced in early July when Canada Border Services
Agency (CBSA) officers in the Port of Montreal discovered 95 kilograms
of Ketamine hidden inside a shipping container which also contained
various food items. The shipment was turned over to the Montreal RCMP
National Port Enforcement Team (NPET) for further investigation. As
the shipment was destined for the GTA, the RCMP GTA Drug Section
continued with the investigation in the Toronto area.
On July 12, 2012, the RCMP GTA Drug Section arrested two men in a
Brampton parking lot in relation to this investigation. On July 13,
2012, both men were charged and brought before the courts in
Brampton. After each posting a $50,000 surety, the two men were
released from custody and are scheduled to next appear on July 27, 2012
at 0930 hrs.
Ravi Chopra, a 58 year old Mississauga resident
Kanwar Baljit Singh Salwan, a 45 year old Brampton resident
Ketamine, as an illicit drug, it is referred to as 'special K' or 'K'
and is very dangerous. If injected it can produce rapid loss of
consciousness as well as intense and terrifying hallucinations and 'out
of body' experiences. There is an increasing trend where Ketamine is
being used as an additive to already dangerous drugs such as
Methamphetamine or other harmful synthetic 'designer drugs'.
Depending on the intended use, this amount of Ketamine is capable of
producing up to 3,000,000 doses. If the shipment was not intercepted,
it could have had a significant negative impact on the communities in
the GTA and across Ontario.
"We will continue our fight to prevent these harmful drugs from entering
our communities and bring those responsible to justice," said S/Sgt
Glen Stefureak of the GTA Drug Section.
"One of the CBSA's priorities is to ensure that contraband, such as
weapons and narcotics do not enter Canada. The CBSA works closely with
its law-enforcement partners to ensure that Canadians are protected
from illicit drugs," said Alain Surprenant, Chief of Operations of the
CBSA's Montreal Marine and Rail Service.
Anyone with information regarding this incident and or any other illegal
activity is encouraged to contact your local police, your local RCMP
detachment or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
SOURCE Royal Canadian Mounted Police
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