Canadian border officials found 405.2 kg of methamphetamine in a big truck on January 14th during a check at the Boissevain port on the same day.
Recently, Canadian border officials stopped a huge amount of drugs, claiming it’s the largest seizure in Prairie history. They found about 406.2 kilograms of what they think is methamphetamine in a big truck on January 14th. The truck was headed to Winnipeg and got checked at the Boissevain port on the same day, according to Ken McGregor from the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) at a press conference in Winnipeg.
The total drugs they seized could make around four million illegal doses and are valued at over $50.7 million on the streets. RCMP federal policing’s Insp. Joe Telus said at the conference that big drug shipments like this one often lead to more violence in our communities. Street gangs and organized crime groups fight over territories and customers, increasing the risk of violence.
The driver, Komalpreet Sidhu, a 29-year-old from Winnipeg, was arrested along with the drugs and faces charges of importing methamphetamine and having a controlled substance for trafficking. His court appearance is set for February 1.
Telus shared that the truck came from the United States, and the drugs might have been spread across Manitoba and even to Western Canada and Ontario. Although they believe the truck is linked to a Manitoba-based company, confirmation is still pending.
Telus emphasized that this large shipment indicates involvement from organized crime at different levels – locally, nationally, and internationally. The investigation into the truck’s journey is thorough, looking into every detail from the United States to Boissevain and finally to Winnipeg.
McGregor mentioned finding 200 wrapped packages in suitcases inside the trailer. The CBSA uses a careful “risk-assessment approach” for all incoming commercial loads, leading to the truck’s selection for further checking when it arrived at the port at around 10 p.m.
A joint effort by officials from RCMP, CBSA, and international law enforcement is actively investigating. Telus mentioned the investigation’s complexity, especially now that they need to figure out where the drugs came from.
He concluded by saying that the confiscated drugs will be destroyed, bringing an end to this significant law enforcement operation.