Toronto Area Man Facing Opium Importation Charges

    TORONTO, Jan. 8 /CNW/ - The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and the
Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) have smashed a budding opium importation
syndicate operating in York Region. In total, 37 kilograms of raw opium was
seized after CBSA discovered the drugs sealed inside 72 cans of expired tomato
paste on Sunday, January 5th. The drug shipment was concealed within one of 18
crates of 3000 pounds of various foodstuff which came from Iran. Raw opium can
later be refined into heroin, making this a significant preventive seizure.
    The shipment was destined for Majid GOODARZI, aged 43 of Aurora, Ontario,
and his recently formed foodstuff importation company, MG Import Export.
GOODARZI picked up the 18 crates on Monday, January 6th and took them to a
commercial storage locker in Thornhill, Ontario. The RCMP arrested Mr.
GOODARZI on January 7th as he exited the storage locker after having been
detected by police opening the crate that contained the opium.
    He has been charged with Importing Opium, Conspiracy to Import Opium,
Possession of Opium for the Purpose of Trafficking under the Controlled Drugs
and Substances Act. His first court appearance will be at the Newmarket
Courthouse on Thursday, January 8th, 2009.
    "The RCMP Drug Section works in partnership with other law enforcement
agencies to identify, target, investigate, disrupt and dismantle the
international, national/regional and local drug trafficking organizations that
are having the most significant impact in Canada," said Sgt. Marc LaPorte of
the RCMP. "Cooperative enforcement efforts between CBSA and the RCMP continue
to pay huge dividends".

For further information:

For further information: Sgt. Marc LaPorte, RCMP media Relations,
Office: (519) 640-7302, Cell: (416) 992-4409 or Patrizia Giolti, CBSA
Communications Manager, (905) 803-5218

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