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Two busted for importing opium

Canada Border Services found 18-kg of opium stashed inside these teapots before discovering an additional 13-kg in a Vancouver man’s car. - submitted photo
Canada Border Services found 18-kg of opium stashed inside these teapots before discovering an additional 13-kg in a Vancouver man’s car.
— image credit: submitted photo

Police are recommending charges after two Lower Mainland men were found in connection with a 31-kilogram shipment of opium originating from Iran.

On March 11, Canada Border Services Agency agents found an 18-kg shipment of opium headed towards the home of a 32-year-old Burnaby man. Further investigation by police revealed an additional 13-kg of opium inside the car of an accomplice, a 40-year-old Vancouver man.

“The initial amount of opium was concealed within teapots,” said RCMP Const. Michael McLaughlin.

Both men have been released and are currently scheduled to appear in court June 2. Charges of importation of opium and possession for the purpose of trafficking have been recommended. The maximum sentence is life imprisonment.

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