Windsor, Ontario – On Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017, Vancouver Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) Mail Centre intercepted a parcel inbound from China. The contents were analyzed in the CBSA laboratory; testing positive as 14 grams of Fentanyl. The standard medical dose of fentanyl is 100 micrograms. Bearing this in mind, 14 grams of fentanyl is the equivalent to 140,000 standard medical doses. This parcel was destined to a residential address in Windsor, Ontario.
As a result of this seizure a joint investigation by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and the CBSA into the importation and trafficking of Fentanyl ensued.
On Monday, February 27th, 2017, Windsor RCMP Detachment executed a search warrant under the provisions of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act at a residential address in the 4000 block of Mitchell Crescent in Windsor, Ontario. Two individuals, a 25 year old male and a 27 year old female from the Windsor area were arrested for their involvement in the importation and subsequent distribution of Fentanyl. They will be charged with Importation and Possession for the Purposes of Trafficking contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, and Conspiracy to Import Fentanyl as per the Criminal Code of Canada.
Dan Badour, the Director of the Enforcement and Intelligence Operations Division of the CBSA Southern Ontario Region, noted that, “The successful conclusion of this investigation demonstrates both the commitment of the Agency to intercepting this dangerous drug as well as our strong working relationship with partnering agencies. The excellent work of our officers in discovering this illicit material displays the CBSA’s commitment to securing our borders and protecting Canadians.”
Inspector Kevin KEANE, of the Windsor Detachment RCMP stated, “The inter-operability of police agencies is fundamental to community safety. The RCMP is determined to reduce the total harmful effects caused by the opiate crisis by disrupting the supplies of illicit drugs. The result of this investigation demonstrates how the RCMP and its partner agencies work effectively together to keep illicit drugs out of our communities.”