Integrated Border Enforcement Team lays charges for drug importation

November 29, 2022
Coutts, Alberta

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Seized Contraband

The Integrated Border Enforcement Team (IBET), a joint force operation between the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and Calgary Police Service (CPS), has charged a man for importing cocaine into Canada.

On Nov. 21, 2022, CBSA officers discovered and seized 53 kg of cocaine following a secondary examination of a commercial transport vehicle at the Coutts border crossing. The drugs, which has a street value of approximately $5.3 million, were hidden within a shipment of produce and have been referred over to IBET for further investigation.

On Nov. 22, 2022, a 25-year-old individual, a resident of Calgary, was charged with the following offences:

  • Importation of a Controlled Substance contrary to section 6(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act; and,
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking contrary to section 5(2) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

The individual is scheduled to appear in Lethbridge Provincial Court on Nov. 29, 2022.

"I cannot overstate the contributions of each law enforcement partner represented in IBET. Together, we successfully prevented harmful drugs from entering Canada and harming our communities."

- Supt. Sean Boser, OIC of Federal Policing - Calgary

"The safety and security of Canadians is our government's top priority. By stopping illegal drugs at the border, we're keeping our communities safe. This seizure is another great example of the ongoing cooperation between the CBSA, the RCMP and the Calgary Police Service in securing our borders."

- Brad Wozny, Regional Director General, Canada Border Services Agency

"Anytime a significant seizure like this is taken off our streets is a win for the communities we all work in partnership to protect."

- Acting Supt. Melanie Oncescu, CPS Criminal Operations and Intelligence

IBET's mandate is to enhance border integrity and security along the shared border, between designated ports of entry, by identifying, investigating and interdicting persons, organizations and goods that are involved in criminal activities.

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Contact information

Alberta RCMP Media Relations
780-509-3970

Media Relations
Canada Border Services Agency
media@cbsa-asfc.gc.ca
1-877-761-5945

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