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ONTARIO: More than $25 million in suspected methamphetamine seized at Windsor border crossing

Mississauga man faces charges
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2020-01-12 CBSA Windsor meth seized
CBSA seized $25.5 million in suspected methamphetamine at the Windsor border crossing on December 24, 2019. Image provided

JOINT NEWS RELEASE
CANADA BORDER SERVICES AGENCY
ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE
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WINDSOR - The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), Southern Ontario Region, in conjunction with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Windsor Detachment, announced today the seizure of approximately 200 kilograms of suspected methamphetamine and the arrest of a Mississauga, Ont. resident. This seizure constitutes the largest methamphetamine seizure, on record, for the CBSA within the past seven years. The CBSA estimates the value of the suspected methamphetamine at over $25.5 million.

On Dec. 24, 2019, a commercial truck entered Canada through the Ambassador Bridge in Windsor, Ont., and was referred for a secondary examination. During the examination, border services officers discovered nine containers filled with suspected methamphetamine.

The CBSA arrested the driver and seized the suspected narcotics. The RCMP attended and took custody of the subject as well as the evidence.

The RCMP charged Mohamed Ahmed Abdirahman, 36, with:

  • Importation of a controlled substance, contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act; and
  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking, contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

Mr. Abdirahman’s next scheduled court date is on Feb. 3, 2020 at the Ontario Court of Justice in Windsor, Ont.

The investigation is ongoing.

Quotes

“This seizure demonstrates that border services officers are committed to protecting our borders and ensuring the security of Canadians. We work in partnership with the RCMP to prevent illegal activity at the border and to keep our communities safe from illicit drugs.” - Joe McMahon, district director, Ambassador Bridge District Operations, Canada Border Services Agency

"This arrest demonstrates how teamwork is essential when it comes to preventing illegal substances from entering Canada. The RCMP remains fully committed to enforcing laws against illicit drugs to their fullest extent in order to keep our communities safe." - Superintendent Nancy Burniston, South West District Commander, Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Quick facts

If you have information about suspicious cross-border activity, please contact the CBSA Border Watch Line at 1-888-502-9060.

Anyone with information regarding criminal activity is encouraged to contact their local police, the RCMP at 1-800-387-0020 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

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