At December 25, 2020, while facilitating the entry of essential goods to the Coutts, Alberta At the point of entry, CBSA officers returned a semi-truck carrying product for further inspection. Upon examination of the shipment, CBSA officers discovered 228.14 kg of methamphetamine with an estimated market value of $ 28.5 million. This amount of methamphetamine translates to 2.28 million individual doses.
This is the largest methamphetamine seizure ever recorded by the CBSA at a land border crossing across Canada.
CBSA officers stopped the driver and handed the individual over to Alberta RCMP. After a thorough investigation, the RCMP’s Integrated Border Enforcement Team (IBET) has since charged Amarpreet Singh Sandhu, 38, of Calgary on the following charges under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act:
- Importation of a controlled substance, contrary to section 6 (1); and,
- Possession for the purpose of trafficking, contrary to Article 5 (2).
Sandhu was released on January 14, 2021, and must appear in court on February 11, 2021at the Lethbridge Provincial Courthouse.
Catching and effectively preventing this huge amount of methamphetamine from reaching our streets will have a positive impact on the safety of all. Alberta communities. This seizure reflects our mutual commitment to providing excellent law enforcement services to the communities we serve and protect.
This seizure, arrest and subsequent charges were only made possible through the close collaboration between the CBSA and the RCMP to monitor and investigate the cross-border smuggling of illicit drugs.
“As many Canadians celebrated Christmas at home, border services officers from Coutts remained in the front line to protect our country. It is thanks to the diligence of CBSA officers in screening essential goods that this record amount of methamphetamine has not reached our streets or caused harm to our communities. “– Ben tamed, Director, Southern Alberta and Southern Saskatchewan District, Prairie Region, Canada Border Services Agency
“The success of this operation is a testament to the strong partnership the RCMP shares with the CBSA and law enforcement agencies through Canada. We know crime knows no borders and it is imperative that we continue to work with our partners, like the CBSA, to share intelligence and coordinate law enforcement actions as needed to protect Canadians from harm. harms of illegal drugs and smuggling crimes Alberta and all of Canada. “ – Superintendent KCA (Allan) Lai, A. Federal Police Operations Officer, Alberta RCMP Federal Police Criminal Operations
- Methamphetamine is a powerful synthetic stimulant. It is illegal, very addicting and very dangerous for a person’s health.
- The Integrated border police team within the framework of the Federal Police directly supports the Alberta RCMP policy framework providing enhanced support for the safety and security of Albertans.
- The previous CBSA case for the quantity of methamphetamine seized at a land border crossing was approximately 200 kg, following an incident on December 24, 2019 at the Ambassador Bridge entry point at Windsor, Ontario.
- The CBSA and the RCMP work together to prevent the smuggling of illegal drugs that endanger the safety of Canadian communities and generate profits for organized crime.
- The Coutts border crossing is located on Highway 4 approximately 109 km southeast of Lethbridge.
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SOURCE Canada Border Services Agency