RCMP charges man for using pregnant woman as heroin courier

    TORONTO, Jan. 31 /CNW/ - Members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Toronto International Airport Detachment General Investigation Impact Team
have arrested a Scarborough man during a court appearance yesterday for
conspiring to import heroin into Canada. The man, who was before the courts on
unrelated charges, is alleged to be part of a criminal drug smuggling
organization that uses human couriers to import heroin into Canada through the
Toronto International Airport.
    In January 2006, a 21 year old woman was arrested at the Toronto
International Airport for importing approx. 140 grams of heroin. The woman was
pregnant at the time. During the investigation that followed it is alleged
that the woman had been recruited as a drug courier by Stanley Uche OBIANAEWU.
OBIANAEWU is alleged to have made the courier's travel arrangements and
provided her expense money, and a cellular phone for her trip. OBIANAEWU is
alleged to have offered the woman between $5,000 and $10,000 for her services.
    "This young woman jeopardized her life and health," stated Inspector
Steve Martin, Officer in Charge of the RCMP Toronto Airport Detachment. "As
with many of the couriers we deal with at the airport, the risk she took only
became clear to her upon arrest."
    Stanley OBIANAEWU , 38, is charged with Conspiracy to Import and
Importing Heroin into Canada.

For further information:

For further information: Sgt. Michele Paradis, RCMP, (416) 952-4619
office, (416) 715-2375 pager

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