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RCMP accuse a Montreal businessman of smuggling 343 kilograms of cocaine through the Port of Halifax.
Michel Safar, 47, was arrested Tuesday. He's scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday to face a charge of possession of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking.
RCMP said customs officials in Halifax found the drugs in a container of 647 boxes of ceramic tiles on Nov. 9, 2009. The cocaine arrived from Venezuela, bound for Montreal. The cocaine was hidden inside the hollow tiles.
Canada Border Services Agency officers and the RCMP won't say why they targeted this particular container for inspection, but they said they were suspicious of it.
A search of Safar's business in December led to his arrest, RCMP said.
Andrew Lefrank, director of the Nova Scotia district of the CBSA, showed off the seized drugs.
"These were fabricated tiles to look like a ceramic tile. And when you take off the top, within each side there would have been two cases, about 250 grams each," he said.
RCMP Staff Sgt. Alan Harding said the arrest was made by an RCMP drug unit in Montreal.
"This person will be faced with charges of possession for the purposes of trafficking cocaine and the investigation is continuing in Montreal. Further arrests may be made," he said.
Police said it took some organization to bring the drugs into the country, but they won't comment on how close to the top of that organization the man in custody is.
RCMP estimate the drugs would be worth about $42 million on the street.
ive heard of people getting offered up to 5000 a trip to run shit down from canada just to my town (plattsburgh NY) where they'll move it futher south. I dont get how its not crazy suspicious going back through the border after being in canada for like 4 hours wih bags full of green.
im guessing this is just one of thoes guys.
that is CPD at its finest. there always bombin around our small town chasin kids with tuner cars for loud exhaust tickets and shakin down every single one of us. There always on their cell phones while their drivin around and rip u-ies everywhere. But my question about where all the weed went. There had to be a shippment before this one.......Where the fuck did it all go?
thats pretty ill dough for the relitivly short trip
^ true that...gimme one skier who doesnt blaze
i should have specified the 518 catigory spreads for the e.g.( east greenbush) down to albany.
were located in the nie(north and south colonie)
fuck were gonna come up there. albanys had its typical bullshit mids everywehre and no rly good heads. Latham had a lil bit of purp for a while and now its gone and some ppl are passin off juicy fruit as dank heads