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  1. Terrapinzflyer
    Canada Border Services Agency spotted suspicious contents in a container being shipped from China marked as carrying 'footwear.'
    Photograph by: Submitted, CBSA/RCMP

    The RCMP says a major, Lower Mainland drug-trafficking and fraud ring has been busted.

    Police and border officers seized up to almost $10 million in chemicals, used in the manufacture of ecstasy and metamphetamine. Some of it was found in a marine container sent from China.

    “In early October of this year, the CBSA (Canada Border Services Agency) identified a suspicious shipment coming into the Port of Vancouver from China, and the 20-foot marine container was referred for inspection,” said RCMP in a release Wednesday.

    “The container’s documentation identified the shipment as ‘footwear.’ However, during their examination, CBSA officers uncovered 150 boxes hidden within the load that each contained a 22-kilo jug of suspected P2P, or phenyl 2 propanone.”

    Police say P2P is a precursor used primarily in the production of ecstasy as well as methamphetamine.

    “The rest of the shipment contained suspected counterfeit Nike running shoes,” added RCMP.

    On Oct. 18, a “controlled delivery” was made to a home in the 13000-block of Gilbert Road, Richmond.

    About two weeks later, the RCMP’s federal drug enforcement branch arrested two men and a woman and searched two homes in Richmond, one in Vancouver and another in Burnaby.

    Search warrants found another 129 22-litre containers of P2P, credit-card skimmers, a counterfeiting operation, an identity-theft operation and small amounts of ecstasy and metamphetamine.

    Police also found $130,000 in cash.

    While it’s legal to possess P2P in Canada, it’s illegal to import it, say police.

    The total value of the P2P is between $7.3 million and $9.8 million.

    The two men and the woman are known to police.

    They have been released and are expected to face charges ranging from importing a controlled substance, to possession of instruments for falsifying credit cards, to unauthorized use of credit card data, said RCMP.

    “Together, the CBSA and RCMP have dismantled a significant criminal operation in Metro Vancouver,” said RCMP in a release. “Drug trafficking, fraud and smuggling cannot be looked at in isolation. High-level crime, and the profit, violence and risk it produces, [are] all connected.”

    By Damian Inwood,
    The Province
    November 24, 2010



  1. Balzafire
    6,000 kg of drug chemical from China seized

    [imgl=white]http://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=18051&stc=1&d=1290665618[/imgl]Police in Vancouver say they have seized almost $10 million worth of a chemical used to manufacture methamphetamine and ecstasy.

    Canada Border Services Agency investigators found more than 6,000 kilograms of phenyl-2-propanone, or P2P, at the Port of Vancouver in early October hidden inside a shipping container arriving from China, RCMP spokesman Const. Michael McLaughlin said Wednesday.

    RCMP were called in, and undercover officers on Oct. 18 staged a courier delivery of some of the chemical to a home in the 13000 block of Gilbert Road in Richmond, McLaughlin said.

    On Nov. 4, officers executed a search warrant at the same address and at other homes in Richmond, Vancouver and Burnaby.

    The searches uncovered another 2,500 litres of P2P, $130,000 in cash, plus equipment allegedly used in counterfeiting and identity theft, McLaughlin said.

    A woman and two men were arrested and face charges related to importing a controlled substance and credit card fraud.

    P2P is a chemical that's legal to possess in Canada but illegal to import, and its only known pharmaceutical use is in the production of amphetamine or methamphetamine, said McLaughlin.

    The total street value of the seized P2P is between $7.3 million and $9.8 million, he said.

    The same container search that uncovered the chemical in October also turned up hundreds of pairs of suspected counterfeit Nike running shoes, police said.

    CBC News
    November 24, 2010
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