BY KELLY ROCHE
A Mississauga man is one of two people from the Greater Toronto Area nabbed by the Mounties for allegedly importing liquid cocaine.
Officers from the Canada Border Services Agency inspected a sea container with different food products at the port of Halifax on November 16.
Liquid cocaine – 44 litres hidden in more than 40 cartons of orange juice – was discovered by officers, police allege. The container came from Trinidad and Tobago.
The liquid cocaine – which can possibly be converted into 24 kilos of powdered cocaine, according to police – was seized and CBSA officers handed the investigation over to the RCMP in Halifax.
“This seizure is an excellent example of the CBSA’s commitment to working with its partners to keep illicit drugs off our streets,” said Atlantic regional director general Calvin Christiansen.
The RCMP’s GTA squad worked with Peel Police to identify the suspects and two men were arrested November 26.
RCMP Supt. Keith Finn said the Mounties are “determined to combat organized crime by arresting criminals who are involved in smuggling illegal drugs into Canada.”
Lincoln Strachan, 46, of Mississauga is charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking, and importing drugs into Canada.
Norris Williams, 46, of Whitby is charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking, importing drugs into Canada, and conspiracy.
Both men have been released and are scheduled to appear in Brampton court January 22.