A 49-year-old Calgarian's been busted for trying to bring in approximately 300 kg of methamphetamine over the Canada-US border.
The Integrated Border Enforcement Team (IBET) along with the RCMP, Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and Calgary Police Service worked together in the arrest and charges against the Calgarian.
On Feb. 19, 2023 CBSA officers discovered several boxes hidden in the rear of a commercial transport vehicle. The drugs have a wholesale value of approximately $3.6 million.
The next day on Feb. 20 Paramjit Laroyia was charged with the following:
- 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 for a court appearance in Lethbridge Provincial Court today, 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.”
- Supt. 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.
- Director Benjamin Tame, Southern Alberta and Saskatchewan District, CBSA.
“The collaboration between the members of IBET has been effective in reducing the amount of drugs and crime in our communities. Seizures like this one highlight IBET’s importance and its impact on the safety of Calgarians and Albertans.”
- Supt. Cory Dayley, Criminal Operations and Intelligence Division, CPS.
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 that are involved in criminal activities.