LONDON, ON, March 6, 2012 /CNW/ - The London Detachment of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Drug Section arrested a London resident for importing Opium into Canada contrary to the provisions of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.
It is alleged that the accused received a package mailed from Turkey which contained approximately 1 kilogram of Opium. The package was initially intercepted by the Canada Border Services Agency at the Léo-Blanchette International Mail Processing Centre in Montreal during transit into Canada from Turkey. The matter was then turned over to the RCMP to continue with the investigation.
On March 1, 2012, members of the London RCMP Detachment arrested the accused in his vehicle. At the time of his arrest, the accused had in his possession both marihuana and methamphetamines.
Hassan NASSIRBEGHI, 47 years of age, from London, Ontario has been charged with Importation of Opium, Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking Opium, Possession of Marihuana and Possession of Methamphetamine.
The street value of a kilogram of Opium is estimated at $25,000.00.
"Those who traffic in illicit drugs destroy lives, homes, and communities," stated Inspector Dwight Blok, Officer in Charge of RCMP London Detachment. "The RCMP remains fully committed to enforcing laws against illicit drugs to their fullest extent."
NASSIRBEGHI is scheduled to appear in court in London on April 27th, 2012.
If anyone has additional information regarding this investigation, or information regarding any other criminal drug activities, please contact your local police, the RCMP at 1-800-387-0020 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-265-4444.
Photos of this seizure are available by visiting the following website and clicking on the associated news release:
For further information:
Cpl. Darren Morgan
RCMP "O" Division
Office: (519) 645-4329 ext. 248
Cell: (519) 777-9035