OTTAWA — Reports that Canadian troops are implicated in suspected heroin smuggling from Afghanistan are “unfounded,” the Defence Department said on Monday.
The military issued an official written statement debunking British media reports that U.K. military police were investigating claims of British and Canadian service personnel bringing drugs out on flights from Afghanistan.
“Media reports this past weekend suggesting that Canadian Forces personnel have been implicated in a British-led investigation into heroin smuggling by military personnel in Afghanistan are unfounded,” the statement said.
“The Canadian Forces Military Police have confirmed with Britain’s Royal Military Police that no such investigation is underway and that no such allegations have been made against either British or Canadian personnel.”
“The Canadian Forces take all allegations against their personnel seriously and investigate where warranted,” Col. Tim Grubb, Canadian Forces provost marshal, said in the statement.
The U.K. Daily Mail reported on Sunday that U.K. officials said they were aware of “unsubstantiated” claims that troops were using military aircraft to ship heroin out of Afghanistan.
The only identified source in the story was a dealer, named Aziz, who had been quoted in the Sunday Times “last year.”
Monday, Sept. 13, 2010