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