TORONTO, Nov. 14, 2015 /CNW/ - Members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Greater Toronto Area (GTA) Serious and Organized Crime at Toronto Airport Detachment (TAD) have arrested two Toronto residents for illegally importing approximately 989 grams of heroin.
On November 2nd 2015, this investigation commenced when Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officers at the Vancouver International Mail Centre intercepted a postal package from Malaysia containing approximately 989 g of heroin concealed in a number of video game consoles. The package was destined to Toronto. RCMP GTA received the information from the CBSA and subsequently identified two suspects related to the importation.
On November 6th, 2015, RCMP investigators arrested a male in the North York area and a second male in an apartment complex in Etobicoke. Two vehicles related to the individuals were also seized for further investigation.
Peter UKWUABA (48) of Toronto was charged with:
- Importing drugs into Canada (Controlled Drugs and Substance Act);
- Conspiracy to Traffic a Controlled Substance (Criminal Code)
- Obstruction of a Police Officer (Criminal Code).
UKWUABA remained in custody and appeared at Old City Hall in Toronto on November 12th, 2015 at which time he was arrested for another heroin drug importation and charged with Fail to Comply with conditions of recognizance and Arrest of Accused on Interim Release. He was remanded in custody until his next appearance at Brampton Court on November 18th, 2015.
Samuel ANIKE (45) of Toronto was charged with:
- Possession for the purpose of trafficking (Controlled Drugs and Substance Act);
- Conspiracy to Traffic a Controlled Substance (Criminal Code).
ANIKE was released on November 9th, 2015 and is scheduled to appear at Old City Hall on December 12th, 2015.
"The RCMP is determined to provide safe homes and communities across the country by arresting criminals who are involved in smuggling illegal drugs into Canada," said Inspector Andy WHITE, Acting Officer in Charge of GTA RCMP Serious and Organized Crime. "The result of this investigation demonstrates how the RCMP and its partners work effectively together to keep illegal drugs out of our communities."
"The CBSA works vigilantly to ensure our borders are not used to smuggle illicit drugs," said Heather Ardiel, Chief of Operations, Vancouver International Mail Centre. "This seizure demonstrates the diligence of our officers in detecting contraband, regardless of the concealment method. We are proud to work with our partners, including the RCMP, to keep our borders and country safe."
The RCMP would like to acknowledge the assistance of CBSA during this investigation.
Anyone with information regarding criminal activity is encouraged to contact their local police, the RCMP at 1-800-387-0020 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
SOURCE Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Renseignements: Sgt. Penny HERMANN, Media Relations, "O" Division (Ontario), PHONE # 416-992-4409