Heroin hidden in Monopoly game in Manitoba’s biggest bust

By Euphoric · Dec 20, 2008 · ·
  1. Euphoric
    Heroin hidden in Monopoly game in Manitoba’s biggest bust

    By Aldo Santin December 19, 2008


    WINNIPEG - The RCMP and Canada border agents made the largest heroin bust in Manitoba history after finding two one-kilogram bags hidden inside two boxes of the popular board game Monopoly.

    The RCMP said they got involved in the case last week after custom agents opened two courier shipments destined for separate local addresses.

    They found two wrapped special Monopoly games packaged in wooden boxes. But instead of Park Avenue, the agents found a one-kilogram bag of heroin inside each box.

    It’s believed the heroin has a street value of $250,000.

    The RCMP arrested two women from Manitoba and another from Surrey, B.C.

    The investigation, which determined that Manitoba was not the intended final destination for the heroin, also led to the discovery of another two kilograms of the drug in the U.S.

    Harpreet Kaur Bains, 28, of Surrey was arrested Wednesday in Vancouver and was to be flown back to Winnipeg Friday for a bail hearing.

    Also arrested this week were Amanda L. Kububeck, 28, of Winnipeg and Tracy Lynne Pongracz, 29, of Stony Mountain, Man.

    All three women face multiple charges, including unlawful possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking and conspiracy to import a controlled substance into Canada from the United Kingdom.

    Kububeck and Pongracz were released on a promise to appear and are scheduled for a court date in February.


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  1. teddybearpicnics
    Swim just thought to himself, Imagine how many people are getting high for free off all the drugs that customs picks up.
  2. Euphoric
    What would prompt them to open the package?
  3. entheogensmurf
    It'd be fun thinking of schemes to transport drugs.
    Not the one carrying the drugs around -- I'd simply volunteer for the think tank ;)

    Book ideas!
    1001 Ingenious Ways to Smuggle Naughty Drugs
    Drug Smuggling for Dummies
  4. aerozeppelin123
    2kg seems like a rather small amount for the largest bust in Manitoba history doesn't it?
  5. Future_Narc_Officer
    As customs officers they were probably doing a random search at first. If I were a customs officer and I opened a package and found two Monopoly board games alarm bells would go off right away. Who ships Monopoly board games when you can pick them up at your local Wal-Mart? Something definitely worth following up on and their suspicions were correct.

    People ship drugs all the time and this is probably something customs officers are trained to detect.
  6. Euphoric
    True, and though the article doesn't specifically say they were wrapped as presents or anything, distant relatives will still send items that can be bought anywhere.
  7. Future_Narc_Officer
    True, and something as simple as wrapping the board games as presents could have avoided all this!
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