SOUTH RAWDON, N.S. - A man and a woman from South Rawdon are facing charges of importing a controlled substance and possession for the purpose of trafficking a controlled substance after approximately 1 kg of suspected MDMA, or ecstasy, destined for Nova Scotia was intercepted by Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officers in Montreal.
At the Montreal Mail Processing Center, CBSA officers intercepted a package from Germany containing MDMA that was destined for South Rawdon, Nova Scotia, according to an RCMP press release.
The CBSA notified the Nova Scotia RCMP Federal Serious and Organized Crime (FSOC) Section, which began an investigation into the matter.
On Jan. 3, CBSA and NS RCMP FSOC arrested a 51-year-old man and a 52-year-old woman from South Rawdon without incident, seized the package of drugs and searched the home.
During the search, police allege additional drugs, suspected to be MDMA and cocaine, were seized as well as drug paraphernalia, electronic devices, cash and an unsafely stored firearm with ammunition.
“Those who import drugs are trying to profit at the expense of the health and safety of Nova Scotians,” Staff Sgt. Monica Jodrey, acting federal policing officer with the Nova Scotia RCMP said in a press release. “By working with CBSA to prevent these drugs from getting to our streets, we are helping to protect our communities from the many dangers of illicit substance use.”
“The CBSA places a high priority on the detection and interdiction of illicit drugs to keep these out of our communities,” Annie Beauséjour, acting regional director general for the CBSA, Quebec Region said. “Our officers use an approach based on risk assessment, intelligence and advanced technologies to target illegal shipments. They also work closely with their national and international partners to prevent the trade of illegal drugs through international borders,”
The man and the woman facing several drug-related charges in relation to the South Rawdon allegations were released on conditions and ordered to appear at the Shubenacadie courthouse on March 18 at 9:30 a.m.
The investigation is ongoing and further charges are expected, the RCMP said.