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Canada Border Services Agency are reported to have seized approximately 40 pounds of a substance believed to be cocaine from a truck driver. The illegal narcotics were allegedly seized at the Ambassador Bridge. The truck driver from Ontario is now facing drug charges related to the seizure.
The search commenced after a tractor-trailer was referred for a secondary inspection. The drugs are said to have been found inside a duffel bag in the form of 19 1-kilo bricks. The officer in charge of the Windsor Royal Canadian Mounted Police detachment said that the seizure prevented 38,000 half-gram portions of cocaine from being sent to individuals in the country.
The driver of the truck from which the drugs were seized is facing charges for the unlawful importing of controlled substances and possession of a substance for the purpose of trafficking. He has already attended two court hearings, including a video appearance that occurred at the Ontario Court of Justice in Windsor.
Individuals who are caught with drugs may face more significant charges than mere possession of illegal substances. For example, they may be charged with a variety of charges related to drug trafficking or distribution, such as charges for illegally importing drugs, trafficking meth or trafficking heroin. They may also face other charges, such as conspiracy charges, organized illegal drug activity or for violation of state laws or federal laws. Individuals can face serious penalties, including those with long-term implications, such as prison time, large fines, probation, parole, community service and the possibility of being labelled as a felon for years to come. Ontario criminal defense lawyers may be able to help individuals who are the recipients of allegations related to drug crimes. They may be able to challenge the constitutionality of a search and seizure or other procedural tactic that authorities use.
Source: Detroit Free Press, “Truck driver faces charges after Canadian authorities seize 40 pounds of suspected cocaine”, Ann Zaniewski, May 31, 2013