TORONTO, June 10, 2021 / CNW / – On June 3, 2021, members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Border Integrity Unit from the Toronto Airport Detachment executed a search warrant and arrested two men for various offenses related to importing MDMA of Italy Going through United States.
The investigation began when U.S. Customs and Border Protection intercepted a package containing 2,978 MDMA tablets destined for the Toronto area. They hired investigators with US Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). The efficient and timely exchange of information between HSI, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and RCMP investigators allowed police to enter Canada quickly identify suspects and obtain a search warrant. Ammunition and documents were seized by the RCMP during the search of a rooming house in Scarborough, Ontario.
MDMA or Methylenedioxymethamphetamine is a psychoactive psychoactive drug commonly known as ecstasy.
Benny Zhang, 42 of Toronto, Ontario and Chunbao Chen, 35 Scarborough, Ontario were both charged with:
Importing a controlled substance into Canada, subsection 6 (1) Controlled Drugs and Substances Act;
Possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking, section 5 (2) Controlled Drugs and Substances Act;
Conspiracy to commit the criminal act of importing a controlled substance into Canada, paragraph 465 (1) (c) Criminal Code;
Conspiracy to Commit the Criminal Act of Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking, Section 465 (1) (c) Criminal Code.
In addition, Chunbao Chen was charged with resisting a peace officer in violation of section 129 (a) of the Criminal Code. Both defendants were released on recognizance and are scheduled to appear at the Old City Hall courthouse in Toronto on July 7, 2021.
“Transnational organized crime groups and their networks exploit every opportunity to support their illegal operations while causing immeasurable damage to our communities and our country. This case demonstrates the value of effective and timely communication and information sharing between law enforcement agencies. The RCMP is grateful to work alongside committed partners like the CBSA and HSI. We had the resources and expertise in place to act on this information and apprehend and charge these people, ”said the inspector. Barry dolan, Officer in Charge of the RCMP Toronto Airport Detachment.
“These arrests illustrate the incredible joint efforts between US Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) to dismantle cross-border criminal organizations trafficking drugs across the border,” said the US Department of Homeland Security , HSI Toronto. Assistant Attaché April Miller. “We will continue to work closely together to keep drugs off our streets and communities. “
Law enforcement agencies are working diligently to make our communities a safer place to live, however, your help in staying vigilant and informing us of any suspicious activity will help us be even more successful. If you have information on importing controlled substances in Canada or want to report other crime, you can contact your local police, the Ontario GRC to 1-800-387-0020, or report anonymously via Crime Stoppers to 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), at any time.