Two Calgary men have been charged after a months-long investigation between the Integrated Border Enforcement Team (IBET), the RCMP, Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and Calgary Police Service (CPS).
According to police, in May 2022, IBET was notified via CBSA that a package containing 1.5 kg of methamphetamine was seized by Australian Border Force officials in Australia. The drugs, which were concealed within a shop vacuum, originated in Calgary.
Following a comprehensive investigation, two search warrants were executed in the Calgary region after one of the accused attempted to ship packages to the United Kingdom and Greenland. Investigators seized an additional 1.08 kg of hashish and 1.1 kg of cannabis.
39-year-old Viet Cuong Le and 34-year-old Xuan Toan Dong, 34, both residents of Calgary, were arrested and charged with multiple drug trafficking offences.
Inspector Germain Leger of the Alberta RCMP Integrated Border Enforcement Team said that with the support of various law enforcement agencies, police were able to disrupt an international drug smuggling operation that would have caused significant harm to our communities and those abroad.
Other police organizations that were involved included the Waterloo Regional Police Service, the Australian Border Force, the RCMP International Liaison Officer for Australia, and the Ontario RCMP.