The Integrated Border Enforcement Team (IBET), a joint force operation between the RCMP, Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), and Calgary Police Service (CPS), has charged a Calgary resident for drug importation and trafficking.

On Feb. 19, 2023, CBSA officers discovered and seized approximately 300 kg of methamphetamine following a secondary examination of a commercial transport vehicle at the Coutts border crossing. The drugs, which have an approximate wholesale value of $3.6 million, were hidden in several boxes in the rear of the vehicle.

On Feb. 20, 2023, Paramjit Laroyia, 49, a resident of Calgary, was charged with the following offences:

  • Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking contrary to section 5(2) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act;
  • Importation of a Controlled Substance contrary to section 6(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act; and,
  • Smuggling into Canada contrary to section 159(1) of the Customs Act.

Laroyia is scheduled to appear in Lethbridge Provincial Court on March 23, 2023.

“This seizure serves as an important reminder of IBET's effectiveness in disrupting drug smuggling operations. By intercepting these drugs, we have diverted millions of dollars in illegal profits and prevented the distribution of methamphetamine to our communities," said Superintendent Sean Boser, OIC of Federal Policing - Calgary.

“CBSA officers are committed to detecting and intercepting illegal narcotics and other dangerous goods from entering Canada. This significant methamphetamine seizure, one of the Agency’s largest in the last five years, is a great example of our officers’ resolve in keeping dangerous drugs out of our communities," said Director Benjamin Tame, Southern Alberta and Saskatchewan District, CBSA.

IBET’s mandate is to enhance border integrity and security along the shared border between designated ports of entry by identifying, investigating and interdicting persons, organizations, and goods involved in criminal activities.

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