The Canada Border Services Agency and Royal Canadian Mounted Police charge a Winnipeg man for alleged importation of fentanyl.
On July 25, CBSA officers at the Vancouver International Mail Centre intercepted 39 grams of fentanyl.
The quantity of fentanyl seized could have produced up to 400 doses according to the CBSA.
The parcel originated in China and was headed to Winnipeg. The declaration on the package said it was documents however a white substance was found and sent for analysis. It was later confirmed to be fentanyl.
“This seizure demonstrates how the CBSA is Canada’s first line of defense against the smuggling of illegal drugs” said Roslyn H. MacVicar, Regional Director General, Pacific Region, Canada Border Services Agency
Border Service officers turned the drug over to RCMP “D” Division in Winnipeg for further investigation. On August 5, 2016, a joint operation was conducted in Winnipeg that resulted in the arrest of Jayden Obireck-Becker, 21, from Winnipeg.
“Fentanyl continues to pose a significant threat to public safety. Interagency cooperation, as seen in this investigation, is the key to keeping Canadians safe from the dangers of fentanyl. The RCMP remains committed to working with all stakeholders to reduce the supply, demand, and harm of this dangerous drug.” said Tim Olmstead, Inspector, Federal Serious and Organized Crime Unit, RCMP “D” Division
Obireck-Becker has been charged with:
- Importation and possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act
- Possession of a prohibited weapon under the Criminal Code.
Obireck-Becker is scheduled to appear in Winnipeg Provincial Court on September 8, 2016.