KESWICK, ON, Aug. 2, 2018 /CNW/ - On July 16th 2018, Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officers in Montreal, Quebec intercepted three packages containing a total of 10 kilograms of Opium, consigned to an address in Keswick, Ontario. Packages were later turned over to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), for further investigation.
On July 25th, 2018, RCMP officers attended at the consignee's address in Keswick. A male, later identified as Iraj Yousefi was observed taking possession of a package and then discarding all of the labelling information in the garbage. RCMP arrested Yousefi a short distance away from the residence in Keswick.
Iraj Yousefi (50 years old) was charged with the following:
- Importation of a controlled substance (Opium) into Canada x3- contrary to the CDSA;
- Conspiracy to possess a controlled substance (Opium) for the purpose of trafficking x 3-contrary to the CCC;
- Possession of a controlled substance (Opium) for the purpose of trafficking-contrary to the CDSA;
- Conspiracy to import controlled substance (Opium) into Canada x 3– contrary to the CCC);
Yousefi will next appear in court today in Newmarket, Ontario.
"The RCMP is concerned about any substance or product that may put the safety of Canadians at risk. This investigation shows that crime has no borders; we live in an increasingly global and interconnected world. This is why partnerships are crucial in keeping illicit drugs off of the streets", stated RCMP Superintendent Chris Leather, Greater Toronto Area Commander – Serious and Organized Crime.
"Today, the CBSA and the RCMP have once again demonstrated a successful outcome of their strong and effective partnership. Both organisations are strongly committed to protecting Canada and the Canadian public from the impact of illicit drug trafficking, which is a threat to public order and public health. Thank you to all the employees who took part in this operation and who ensure the integrity of the country's border at all times," said Annie Beauséjour, Acting Regional Director General, Canada Border Services Agency, Quebec Region.
Law enforcement agencies work diligently to make our communities a safer place to live, however your assistance in remaining vigilant and informing us of any suspicious activities will help us be even more successful. If you have any information about the trafficking of Opium or wish to report other criminality, you can contact your local police, the Ontario RCMP at 1-800-387-0020, the confidential CBSA Border Watch toll-free line at 1-888-502-9060 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), at any time.
SOURCE Royal Canadian Mounted Police
For further information: Sgt. Penny Hermann, Media Relations - Ontario (O Division), Royal Canadian Mounted Police, [email protected], Media Line: 905-876-9571; Quebec Media Relations, Canada Border Services Agency, [email protected], Media Line: 1-514-350-6130