Eleven people, including two Sunwing employees, got busted at Toronto's Pearson Airport for attempting to smuggle about $10 million worth of narcotics into the country this morning. Kitchener RCMP has charged 11 people with 40 offences in the Pearson Airport drug bust. Charges include the trafficking of fentanyl, which is a top priority for Canadian police at this time.
The RCMP seized about 10kg of fentanyl — the deadliest drug on the market — as well as 1.3kg of heroin, 1kg of methamphetamine and smaller amounts of carfentanil and cocaine.
RCMP Kitchener take down high level fentanyl traffickers and cocaine importers in week long drug sweep… https://t.co/v0kR5fgtuZ— RCMP in Ontario (@RCMP in Ontario)1564157172.0
Project OWoodcraft, the name of the undercover investigation by the Kitchener RCMP, successfully identified members of a cocaine drug importation ring who were also working at the airport. The RCMP was also able to "directly infiltrate several high-level drug trafficking groups supplying fentanyl and other illicit drugs to markets in the GTA and Southwestern Ontario," says an official news release.
Shockingly, the youngest person charged was just 20 years old, from Ajax. Two girls, both aged 22 and both from Hamilton, were also among the youngest involved. Three of the 11 people busted were men from Toronto.
Two Sunwing Airlines employees are among 11 charged in a drug ring centred at Toronto Pearson International Airport… https://t.co/81WLgOxWNt— CBC News Alerts (@CBC News Alerts)1564153123.0
"The RCMP wishes to thank Sunwing Airlines for their assistance during this investigation. Sunwing's commitment to safety and security was evident and their cooperation was instrumental in bringing this investigation to a successful conclusion," says the same news release.
Along with the drugs, $400,000 in cash was seized by police.