Westwind Weekly News
Canadian Border Services Agency and the RCMP announced on March 22 the largest narcotics drug seizure at the Carway, Alta., border crossing.
The crossing is located on Highway 2, about 100 km southwest of Lethbridge.
On March 17, CBSA officers at Carway referred a returning Alberta man for further inspection.
Officers uncovered 31 bricks of cocaine, weighing a total of 31 kg. The vehicle and the drugs were both seized and the driver, as well as the suspected cocaine, were turned over to the RCMP.
“The result of this investigation is a prime example of how a co-ordinated and collaborative approach between law enforcement agencies can stop organized crime,” said Insp. K.C.A. Lai of the Alberta RCMP.
“The RCMP will continue to work closely with the CBSA to disrupt international drug trafficking networks to keep Canadians safe.”
Guy Rook, the CBSA director for southern Alberta, says the agency has confiscated a lot of drugs at the border in recent months.
“The CBSA in southern Alberta remains vigilant in intercepting illicit drugs and working with partners to fight organized crime; we have no seized more than 150 kg of suspected cocaine over the past four months,” said Rook.
“Canadians can count on us to keep our border open to legitimate travel and trade, but keep inadmissible goods and people form Canada.”
Bradley Michael Gaudrault, 26, of Fort McMurray faces two counts under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.
He appeared before Lethbridge Provincial Court on March 22.