CBSA and RCMP collaboration results in seizure of approximately 62 kilograms of suspected cocaine at Blue Water Bridge 

News release

Stacked vacuum sealed packages of suspected cocaine resulting from a seizure at the Blue Water Bridge on March 31, 2021.

For Immediate Release 

April 14, 2021           

Point Edward, Ontario         

Canada Border Services Agency / Royal Canadian Mounted Police

 

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), Southern Ontario Region, in conjunction with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Border Integrity Team, is committed to safeguarding our country and keeping contraband goods, such as narcotics, from reaching our communities.

On March 31, 2021, a commercial truck driven by an Ontario resident entered Canada using the Blue Water Bridge in Point Edward, Ontario, and was referred for a secondary examination. During the examination, border services officers discovered and seized approximately 62 kg of suspected cocaine. This seizure is valued at approximately $3.5 million.

The CBSA arrested the driver, Harvinder Singh, and transferred him to the custody of RCMP officers from Windsor Detachment, who are conducting the investigation. 

The RCMP has charged 25-year-old Singh of Brampton, Ontario with:

  • Importation of a controlled substance, contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act
  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking, contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

Singh will appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Sarnia, Ontario, on April 20, 2021.

The RCMP wishes to recognize the invaluable assistance provided by the Lambton County Ontario Provincial Police, and the Sarnia Police Service Forensic Identification Branch at the onset of this investigation.

Quotes

“The Canada Border Services Agency, along with policing agencies including the RCMP, work tirelessly to keep our communities safe. That is at the forefront of what we do. Our officers are dedicated to keeping illicit contraband, including narcotics, off our streets. The CBSA is proud of this significant enforcement and the commitment of our officers working diligently despite these trying times.”

- An Nguyen, District Director, St. Clair District Operations, Canada Border Services Agency

“The RCMP is grateful for the support of our law enforcement partners as we tackle issues such as drug importation. As part of our Border Integrity mandate, the RCMP in Ontario is committed to working with the CBSA and other partners to disrupt criminal exploitation of the Canada-US border to make our communities safer.”

- Superintendent Shawn Boudreau, Officer in Charge Border Integrity, RCMP O Division

Quick facts

  • If you have information about suspicious cross-border activity, please contact the CBSA Border Watch Line at 1-888-502-9060.

  • Anyone with information regarding criminal activity is encouraged to contact their local police, the RCMP at 1-800-387-0020 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

Contacts

Media Relations

Canada Border Services Agency

media.relations@cbsa-asfc.gc.ca

Media Line:       1-877-761-5945 or 613-957-6500

Website:            www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca

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Media Relations

Royal Canadian Mounted Police, O Division

media.relations.rcmp-Ontario-relations.medias.grc@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

Media Line:       905-876-9571

Website:           RCMP in Ontario

Twitter:             @RCMPONT

Facebook:         RCMP.Ontario

Instagram:         rcmpOntario

YouTube:          RCMPGRCPOLICE                   

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