Edmonton man charged with importing cocaine, heroin worth $7M into Canada

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Edmonton man charged with importing cocaine, heroin worth $7M into Canada
An Edmonton man has been charged after cocaine and heroin with a street value of $7 million were imported into Canada. The charge stems from an investigation by the Integrated Border Enforcement Team, a joint operation between the RCMP, the Canada Border Services Agency, and the Calgary Police Service. Image supplied.
An Edmonton man has been charged after cocaine and heroin with a street value of $7 million were imported into Canada. The charge stems from an investigation by the Integrated Border Enforcement Team, a joint operation between the RCMP, the Canada Border Services Agency, and the Calgary Police Service. Image supplied. jpg

An Edmonton man has been charged after cocaine and heroin with a street value of $7 million was discovered being imported into Canada.

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The charge stems from an investigation by the Integrated Border Enforcement Team, a joint operation between the RCMP, the Canada Border Services Agency, and the Calgary Police Service, into cross-border drug importation using commercial transport vehicles. The team seized 38 kilograms of cocaine and 30 kilograms of heroin.

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“This complex investigation, which spanned several months, is a great demonstration on the importance of collaboration between agencies,” said Supt. Sean Boser, officer in charge of federal policing, in a news release.

“Investigators were able to prevent 68 kg of cocaine and heroin from impacting Alberta’s communities and potentially saving lives.”

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On Oct. 13, David Phanthikane, 42, of Edmonton, was charged with possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking.

Phanthikane is scheduled to appear in Edmonton provincial court on Wednesday.

The Integrated Border Enforcement Team’s mandate is to enhance border integrity and security along the border, between designated ports of entry, by identifying, investigating and interdicting persons, organizations and goods that are involved in criminal activities.