TORONTO - The RCMP and border agents have seized 400 kilos of the date rape drug Ketamine from reaching the streets of Toronto after the shipment arrived hidden in bags of food on a cargo ship from India.
The Mounties said the seizure is one of the largest in the Toronto area and could have made four million hits of the drug to be sold individually.
Police said the drug, which is worth millions of dollars, was intercepted by officers of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) last month in bags of an Indian food destined for stores in the Toronto area.
RCMP Sgt. Richard Rollins said the shipment was allowed to continue by truck to Toronto where it sat until Jan. 5.
“Three males were arrested after they picked up the shipment of Ketamine from a commercial warehouse,” Rollins said. “A fourth male was arrested on the next day.”
He said the Ketamine can by used by itself or to blend with other drugs as Ecstasy to make a “cocktail.”
“There is an increasing trend where Ketamine is being used as an additive to already dangerous drugs such as Methamphetamine or other harmful synthetic ‘designer drugs,” Rollins said.
CBSA Montreal spokesman Veronique Lalime said the drugs were found in individual bags of food .
“Our officers used gamma rays and other devices to find the shipment,” Lalime said. “There were a lot of anomalies with the shipment of goods. “
Sgt. Brent Hasey, of RCMP Synthetic Drug Operations, said more young people are using Ketamine.
“There is a disturbing demand for Ketamine amongst young persons in our country,” Hasey said. ”It is not uncommon to find Ketamine in tablet concoctions with other synthetic drugs.”
Robert Torres, 40, and Kawal Kohli, 64, both of Toronto, and Kishor Patel, 50, of Niagara Falls, N.Y. have been charged with conspiracy to conspiracy to import and importing a controlled substance into Canada
The accused were scheduled to return to Brampton court on Friday. The investigation is ongoing.
picture caption: Some of the 400 kgs of the date rape drug Ketamine that was seized by the RCMP and Canada Border Services Agency that was destined to Toronto. The drug was hidden in bags of food being imported from India. (Supplied photo)
BY TOM GODFREY ,TORONTO SUN
FIRST POSTED: FRIDAY, JANUARY 13, 2012