Record-breaking heroin seizure at YVR
WATCH: Two men are facing drug charges after a lengthy investigation into alleged heroin smuggling from South Asia to Canada via YVR. Aaron McArthur reports.
Two people have been arrested in connection with heroin trafficking from South Asia to Canada, via YVR.
An 18 month investigation by RCMP, CBSA and the Vancouver Police Department resulted in the seizure of 35 kilograms of heroin.
Randy Norman Per, 42, and Tenny Guon Lim, 34, are charged with Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking. Per has been released while Lim remains in custody.
The seizure is the largest in CBSA Pacific Region’s history.
“Organized crime groups continuously seek to penetrate legitimate systems to transport illegal commodities in order to achieve profit,” says Assistant Commissioner Wayne Rideout, Criminal Operations Officer – Investigative Services and Organized Crime.
“This RCMP Federal Policing led coordinated investigation has successfully prevented a significant quantity of heroin from reaching British Columbia and Canada. This seizure will protect countless Canadian individuals and families from heroin’s potential destructive impact.”
“This is a significant seizure, because an organized internal conspiracy has been disrupted,” says Yvette-Monique Gray, Director of CBSA’s Enforcement and Intelligence Division, Pacific Region.
RCMP say only one of the two men was employed at the airport.
The men were not known to police.
The investigation is ongoing and the accused will appear in Richmond court on July 8.
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