RCMP Disrupts Cocaine Smuggling Ring at Toronto International Airport

TORONTO, July 16 /CNW/ - The RCMP's Toronto Airport Detachment has disrupted a cocaine trafficking group utilizing human couriers to import cocaine into Canada through Toronto's Pearson International Airport. Three individuals have been arrested, and the execution of an arrest warrant regarding a fourth is pending,

Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) personnel were instrumental in the furtherance of this RCMP investigation. A total of 9 kilograms of cocaine has been seized.

"This group stood to make a significant profit at great expense to the health and well being of our citizens" said RCMP Inspector Dean Dickson, officer in charge of the Toronto Airport Detachment. "It takes the kind of partnerships seen in this investigation to effectively combat criminal enterprise and protect our communities".

Charged with conspiracy to import cocaine into Canada contrary to section 465(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada are:

    Philip SARGEANT, age 31, No Fixed Address
    Ernest WILSON, age 25, No Fixed Address
    Albert GOPIE, age 23, 22 Cariboo Avenue, Toronto
    Melissa GITTENS, age 26, 26 Kyla Road, Markham

SOURCE Royal Canadian Mounted Police

For further information: For further information: Media Enquiries: Sgt. Frank Gougeon, RCMP Toronto Airport Detachment, Office: (905) 405-3750 ext.259, Cell: (416) 666-2310

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