Canadian border officers in Manitoba estimate the approximate 4 million illicit doses are the biggest narcotic seizure in Prairie historical past.
The extremely additive artificial drug was found in 200 individually wrapped packages in duffle baggage in a business semi-trailer.
The truck was searched at 10 a.m. on January 14 on the Boissevain/North Dakota border crossing, Ken MacGregor, with the Canada Border Providers Company (CBSA) instructed a information convention Wednesday.
The semi-trailer was en path to Winnipeg, 270 kilometres away. It has been linked to a Manitoba business trucking firm the place the motive force might have been employed.
“These medication had been destined not just for the streets of Winnipeg however all through Manitoba and past,” mentioned Insp. Joe Telus, division intelligence officer with RCMP federal policing.
They got here from the US and would have seemingly been distributed throughout Manitoba and presumably all through Western Canada and Ontario.
The cargo’s measurement signifies the transport concerned organized crime on the native, nationwide and worldwide stage, mentioned Telus.
“There’s little question this cargo would have inflicted vital hurt to our communities.”
“Giant illicit drug shipments akin to this one and the following distribution of those medication is carefully related to elevated violence in our communities, as avenue gangs and arranged crime networks combat over territory and who will get to promote to the customers,” mentioned Telus.
MacGregor mentioned CBSA makes use of “danger evaluation” for business hundreds coming into Canada. The truck was chosen for additional inspection when it rolled as much as the port.
Authorities are attempting to find out the place the medication originated from.
“We’ve to work backwards. We have to discover out precisely the place it got here from and what they supposed to do with it,” mentioned Telus.
The 29-year-old driver, Winnipeg’s Komalpreet Sidhu, was arrested and brought into custody.
Sidhu faces fees of importation of methamphetamine and possession of a managed substance for the aim of trafficking.
He’s anticipated to seem in court docket February 1.