August 23, 2014 12:48 pm

Four charged after 37.5 kg of cocaine seized at Pearson airport

Members of the RCMP have arrested four GTA residents for illegally importing approximately 37.5 kilograms of cocaine.

(RCMP Handout)

TORONTO – Four people have been charged after border officials at Toronto’s Pearson airport say they seized 37.5 kilograms of cocaine.

Canada Border Services Agency says officers found the drugs hidden in three different shipments of machine parts that originated from Panama.

Three men and a woman, all from the Toronto area, were arrested between Aug. 7 and Aug. 20 after a multi-agency investigation.

Commercial baking machine that contained cocaine. (RCMP Handout)

Philmore Jarvis, 47; Vernon Bouillion, 38; Michelle Maraj, 36; and Wilson Jaramillo, 37 face charges of:

  • Importing a controlled substance into Canada.
  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking.
  • Conspiracy to commit an indictable offence.

Jarvis, Jaramilo and Bouillion are in custody while awaiting a court appearance scheduled for Thursday.

Maraj is out on bail and her next court appearance is on Sept. 12.

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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