December 9, 2015 2:23 pm

Calgary man caught at airport faces drug charges over suspected opium

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CALGARY – The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) said Wednesday a Calgary man was intercepted at the Calgary International Airport last month after trying to smuggle in what officials believe to be opium.

CBSA officers said the traveler was caught on Nov. 24, and had ingested 342.5 grams of suspected opium; once it was expelled, the drugs were turned over to RCMP for analysis.

Davood Shahpouri, 48, of Calgary was charged under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act for importation of a narcotic and possession for the purpose of trafficking.

Shahpouri is set to appear in court Jan. 27, 2016.

CBSA said in a release, Calgary officers have made 169 drug seizures up to Nov. 26 this year. Nine involved cocaine, one involved heroin and three involved opium.

“No matter how well narcotics are wrapped, concealing internally is an extremely dangerous practice for the carrier,” CBSA prairie regional director Kim Scoville in a statement. “This seizure certainly contributed to the safety of Calgary communities, but may have also minimized harm to the drug carrier.”

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