Two Canadian women have been charged after members of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) seized $1.72 million worth of cocaine at the Toronto Pearson Airport.
According to police, the two individuals were returning to Canada on commercial airline flights.
A female traveller arrived at the airport on a flight from Jamaica on June 18. She was referred for a secondary exam by Passenger Operations District Border Services Officers.
Six food packages were examined by officers, which uncovered 6.6 kilograms of suspected cocaine within the items.
Border services have estimated the value of this seizure at $825,000.
Another female traveller was also referred for a secondary exam by officers after arriving on a flight from Jamaica on June 23.
Eight food packages containing 3.85 kilograms of suspected cocaine were found after border service officers inspected her belongings.
Canada Border Services estimates the value for this seizure at $447,500.
The two women were arrested and were turned over to the RCMP, along with the suspected cocaine.
“These seizures represent another example of how we work together with our law enforcement partners to keep dangerous drugs out of Canada,” Norm Sheridan, acting regional director general at CBSA for the GTA, said.
The two women have been identified as Mavis Coreta Segree, 76, of Etobicoke and Amran Jama, 31, of Hamilton.
Both have been charged with importing a substance included in Schedule I (cocaine) contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA).
“The primary objective of transnational organized crime groups is to exploit opportunities to increase their influence, networks and profit. The illegal importation of dangerous narcotics such as cocaine is a primary revenue tool of these groups,” said Inspector Barry Dolan, officer in charge of Toronto Airport Detachment.
“These seizures are the direct result of close collaboration and work by the RCMP along with the CBSA and our other law enforcement agencies and community partners while demonstrating our commitment to border integrity and public safety.”
More than 184 kilograms of suspected cocaine has been seized in the GTA in 2020.