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Drug trafficking charge for man after package intercepted

In this age of electronic communication, receiving a package in the mail is an exciting event. For one Ontario man, however, a piece of mail has brought with it a world of trouble. He now stands accused of drug trafficking after authorities seized a parcel heading to his home from overseas.

Canada Border Service Agency officers seized a package in Vancouver on Oct. 24, 2016. The package was being shipped from China to an address in London, Ontario. An x-ray of the package, which was declared as containing plastic bags, revealed a suspicious powder inside. According to RCMP reports, the powder was allegedly a furanyl-fentanyl blend weighing 10 grams.

The CBSA reported the discovery to the RCMP, who then obtained a search warrant for a home in London. RCMP, OPP, and London Police officers joined the investigation that led to one arrest. A 28-year old man is facing charges of importing a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking.

If the powder is indeed a controlled substance, the shipment makes for compelling evidence. While the burden of proof always lies with the prosecution, it may be difficult for the accused to mount an effective defence. Cases of alleged drug trafficking, or other criminal activity, are serious situations with potentially stiff penalties for a guilty conviction. Ontario residents who find themselves charged with a felony need to do all they can to protect themselves. That may include getting in touch with a criminal defence lawyer who has experience with similar cases.

Source: insidetoronto.com, "Charges laid in alleged fentanyl importing case", Nov. 8, 2016

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