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Canadian police bust drug smuggling ring, 10 arrested

Canadian police bust drug smuggling ring, 10 arrested

OTTAWA:  Police charged 10 people with drug trafficking in connection with a smuggling ring that used Canada Post to send marijuana to Nunavut.

Police seized multiple kilograms of weed and hash, nearly a kilogram of cocaine, and about 1.3 kilograms of an unknown powder that was sent for analysis, following raids on four residences in the south end of the city.

Police charged 10 people, including an 84-year-old woman who is charged with possession of cocaine and marijuana. Some of the accused appear to represent three generations of the same family.

Six of the accused face charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking, while four face simple possession charges only.

Their arrests flowed from an investigation sparked by seizure of marijuana destined for the Nunavut community of Grise Fiord in mid-November.

“We continued to gather evidence, and that resulted in the four warrant executions on Wednesday evening,” Staff-Sgt. Ian McDonell of the Ottawa police told Nunatsiaq News.

Police said they found 12 cans of coffee containing 668 grams of marijuana, destined for Grise Fiord via Canada Post.

Ottawa police raided residences on Leitrim Road, Meadowlands Drive, Castlegreen Private and Haxby Private.

Ottawa Police founded 13.7 kilograms of marijuana, valued at $137,512, 8.5 kg of cannabis resin, 989.75 grams of powder cocaine valued at about $99,000, 1,137 grams of an unknown powder that was sent for analysis, $3,466 in Canadian currency,