TORONTO, Sept. 8, 2015 /CNW/ - Members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Greater Toronto Area Serious and Organized Crime at Toronto Airport Detachment have arrested one Brampton resident for illegally importing approximately 513 grams of powdered Fentanyl.
On August 25, 2015, in partnership with the United States Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) and the US Homeland Security Investigations (HIS), the RCMP conducted a local investigation and identified the individual(s) suspected for the illegal importation of a parcel containing approximately 513 g of powdered Fentanyl into Canada originating from China.
On September 2nd 2015, RCMP investigators arrested a male subject at an address in Brampton. One set of body armour, a number of long knives and cash were also seized from the location by the investigators.
"Fentanyl trafficking and abuse is a serious concern that plagues Canadians coast to coast. The RCMP is determined to stop the illegal importation of Fentanyl into Canada and to arrest the people who are responsible for it," said Inspector Dean DICKSON, Officer in Charge of the RCMP Toronto Airport Detachment Serious and Organized Crime. "The result of this investigation demonstrates how the RCMP and its international partners work effectively together to keep illegal drugs off our streets and protect our communities."
"Homeland Security Investigations will continue to work with our Canadian partners to combat transnational criminal organizations to stop the flow of illegal and dangerous drugs", said HSI Assistant Attache' Ronald MARCELL.
The RCMP charged the following individual with offences relating to this investigation:
- Barna OLVEDI (M) (31) of Brampton
- Importing drugs into Canada (Controlled Drugs and Substance Act);
- Possession for the purpose of trafficking (Controlled Drugs and Substance Act);
- Conspiracy (Criminal Code).
On September 3rd, the accused appeared in Brampton Provincial Court House at 7755 Hurontario and has been released on bail. OLVEDI is scheduled to appear in Brampton Provincial Court on October 2nd, 2015.
The RCMP would like to acknowledge the assistance of US CBP, US Homeland Security Investigation in Toronto, and the Canada Border Services Agency during this investigation.
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. You can contact your local police, the Ontario RCMP at 1-800-387-0020, or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477(TIPS), at any time.
SOURCE Royal Canadian Mounted Police
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