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Surrey (British Columbia), August 28, Canadian-Media): A significant suspected drug seizure and arrest at the Pacific Highway, British Columbia port of entry was announced Aug 28 by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).
Image: CBSA, Image credit: Twitter handle
Prevention of illegal drug smuggling that endangers the safety of Canadian communities and generates profits for organized crime is being done by the CBSA and the RCMP by working together.
On August 12, 2020, a commercial driver was referred by CBSA officers at Pacific Highway for further inspection.
Due to anomalies revealed after X-ray imaging of the tractor and trailer, officers continued their examination and located seven boxes of suspected dried opium poppy plants (including the pods), weighing 29 kg total.
Schedule I of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act regulates Opium poppy and its derivatives and only licensed dealers under the Narcotic Control Regulations are allowed to import or export opium, with a valid permit.
“Opium poppy is the source of all natural opioids, including doda, a highly-addictive street drug made from dried pods and husks. The CBSA conducts risk-based screening at the border and works with the RCMP to protect Canadians from all forms of drug smuggling,” said Daniela Evans, Director of Pacific Highway District, Canada Border Services Agency in the news release.
After arresting the driver, officers turned him along with the suspected opium poppy plants, over to the RCMP Federal Serious and Organized Crime Unit.
The driver was released pending a further ongoing investigation.
The CBSA estimates the value of the suspected opium poppy plants at $58,000.
"Investigations such as this, highlight the important relationship between the Canada Border Services Agency and RCMP Federal Serious and Organized Crime in detecting and interdicting drugs in the first instance and bringing those allegedly responsible through the court process. Such partnerships are critical in supporting our ongoing commitment to combating transnational organized crime, " said Inspector Stephen Lee, RCMP Federal Serious and Organized Crime in a news release.
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Ottawa, Aug 11 (Canadian-Media): Hate crime is being investigated by the the Ottawa police hate crimes unit after a man screamed obscenities outside Infrastructure and Communities Minister Catherine McKenna's constituency office last week, Ottawa Police Service confirmed Aug 10, media reports said.
Catherine McKenna. Image credit: Official site
A 90-second video, apparently recorded by a man, who rang the bell of the Ottawa Centre Catherine's Street office around 10:30 a.m. ET Thursday, was posted to social media over the weekend.
When the man said to the female employee who opened the door that he wants to speak to McKenna, she told him the office was closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
It was then that the man began to utter verbal onslaughts, at one point calling McKenna a "c--t" before the woman shuts the door.
"This isn't an isolated incident. It's not just involving me, my staff members, my family. Too often there are incidents against politicians, often female politicians," McKenna said, relating the incident outside that same constituency office Aug 10 afternoon and suggested such incidents are more common than generally reported."
Earlier somebody had spray-painted the same word across an image of McKenna's face on the window of her campaign office, a few day after McKenna was re-elected last fall.
At that time, McKenna said such incidents would not prevent her from continuing in politics.
But on Aug 10 when a similar question was asked, she said if before she entered public office, she knew about the harassment and abuse politicians face, she might have thought twice about running.
She also added that she does not want good people to be discouraged from entering into politics.
"I do want good people to go into politics. I want the girls and women out there to think that they can go in and make a difference but not have to put up with this garbage."