TORONTO, Jan. 25, 2012 /CNW/ - As the result of a multi-agency
investigation, six (6) people were arrested in Canada for cocaine and
marihuana related offences. Warrants of arrest have been issued for
further persons. The agencies involved in these arrests are the Royal
Canadian Mounted Police Drug Enforcement Sections from the Greater
Toronto Area, New Brunswick and Windsor with assistance of the Canada
Border Services Agency in the GTA, Southern Ontario and Atlantic
regions. Also numerous government agencies both in Canada and abroad
participated in this investigation.
This investigation began when officers from the Canada Border Services
Agency (CBSA) seized a marine container concealing cocaine at a port in
New Brunswick. The cocaine was located in hollowed out pineapples. In
total, nineteen (19) kgs of cocaine was seized from 80 pineapples
scattered throughout the shipment. Initial inquiries linked a Toronto
area address to the container.
Over a subsequent four month period, RCMP investigators identified the
subjects involved in this criminal enterprise and further shipments of
Further information was provided to CBSA officers at the Windsor port of
entry who intercepted two (2) trucks, each containing 115 kg of
marihuana, with the drugs located in the packaging surrounding
shipments of watermelons.
Continued investigation by the RCMP identified that this group had ties
co-conspirators in Jamaica, Guyana, Costa Rica and the USA.
"Drug dealers will stop at nothing to get their contraband into this
country," stated Superintendent Rick Penney, RCMP GTA Drug Enforcement
Commander. "It is through this type of inter-agency cooperation that we
can thoroughly investigate and dismantle organized criminal groups."
"Our officers are Canada's first line of defence in seizing illegal
drugs," said Goran Vragovic, Regional Director General, Greater Toronto
Area Region, Canada Border Services Agency. "The result of this
investigation demonstrates the value of cooperation with our
The following people were arrested and will be charged with drug related
Denise Sonia EDWARDS (AKA PILGRAM) - age 46 of Pickering, ON.
Dexter Emmanuel BOYCE - age 43 of Toronto, ON
Abdool Zaman HAKEEK - age 54 of Scarborough, ON
Linval Earl BROWN - age 52 of Pickering, ON
Roman Clint MCINNIS - age 42 of Keswick, ON
Lancelot HENRY - age 45 of St. Catharines, ON
Those arrested will appear on Wednesday January 25th, 2012 at Old City Hall Courthouse in Toronto for bail hearings.
SOURCE Royal Canadian Mounted Police
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RCMP Media Relations
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