56 kilos of opium found inside tombstone

By Terrapinzflyer · Jan 26, 2010 · ·
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    56 kilos of opium found inside tombstone

    Four people in Metro Vancouver are in grave trouble with the law after an imported tombstone was found packed with what police call an unprecedented amount of opium.

    The 550-kilogram stone was shipped to B.C. from Iran and inspected at Vancouver International Airport, where border agents discovered a hidden cavity containing 56.8 kilograms of opium.

    Police call it the biggest opium seizure ever made in the province.

    The tombstone was then delivered to its intended address in Coquitlam, which police raided the next day, leading to the arrest of a 39-year-old woman and her 48-year-old husband.

    A 51-year-old man who had been renting space at the address was later arrested in North Vancouver along with his 55-year-old brother.

    The RCMP Federal Drug Enforcement Branch say it's recommending all four be charged with importing a controlled substance and possession for the purpose of trafficking.

    By: The Canadian Press
    Date: Tuesday Jan. 26, 2010 12:40 PM PT


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    Public Safety Minister Toews Commends the CBSA and RCMP on Large Opium Seizure and Arrest of Four Individuals

    OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- 01/26/10 -- The Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, made the following statement today in response to the seizure of approximately 56.8 kilograms of opium at the Vancouver International Airport by Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the arrest by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Federal Drug Enforcement Branch of four individuals allegedly involved in drug trafficking.

    "I would like to congratulate law enforcement officials whose outstanding efforts have prevented dangerous illegal drugs from hitting our streets," said Minister Toews. "The RCMP and CBSA, through their partnership and coordinated efforts, have once again taken significant action to keep our communities safe.

    This Government is committed to a National Anti-Drug Strategy, and that is why we have invested $102 million over five years to help law enforcement to combat the production and distribution of illegal drugs.

    We have also taken steps against organized crime, gangs, illegal guns and drugs including:

    - $400 million over five years for a Police Officer Recruitment Fund;

    - Over 1,500 new RCMP;

    - Support of programs to prevent youth from joining gangs;

    - Mandatory prison sentences for serious gun crimes;

    - New legislation to increase penalties for gang and organized crime related violence;

    The Government's message is clear - the production, trafficking and distribution of illegal drugs in our communities will not be tolerated. We are committed to giving law enforcement the tools they need to keep our communities safe."

    Posted : Tue, 26 Jan 2010 20:02:06 GMT
    Author : Public Safety Canada
    Category : Press Release

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