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2012-10-01 at 13:31

Border Services agency makes $2.2M drug bust

By Leith Dunick,
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More than $2.2 million worth of cocaine and heroin was seized on Sept. 22 at the Pigeon River Border crossing south of Thunder Bay.

In a release issued on Monday, Canada Border Services Agency officials say they uncovered 14 kilograms of cocaine, with an estimated street value of $1.7 million, and 1.24 kilograms of heroin valued at $496,000.

Customs agents, who called it the biggest drug bust yet at Pigeon River, said a number of indicators led them to conduct a more thorough search of truck trying to cross into Canada, which uncovered the drugs in a hidden compartment.

“This seizure is an excellent example of the outstanding work done by our officers,” said Tuula Schuler, district director of the CBSA’s Northwestern Ontario district in the release.

“Stopping the smuggling of illegal drugs at our borders plays a big part in making our communities safer and preventing illegal activities that generate profits for organized crime.”

A Windsor, Ont. man was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking, and appeared in court in Thunder Bay last Wednesday.

CSBA have not named the suspect.

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yqtyqt says:
There is no bigger cancer than drug smuggling. These parasites feed the addictions of thousands of kids and adults who have become dependent on drugs.

But there is no need for the CBSA to exploit the arrest in the crime as "an excellent example of the outstanding work done by our officers”. That's their job!! If they didn't, what are they there for.
10/1/2012 1:41:02 PM
Glyder says:
It's called praise for good work. It helps morale in a job that, when dealing with tired and cranky people all day long, can be difficult.

GIving a bit of praise helps the officers WANT to do their job better.

Yes, it's their job, but everyone deserves a little recognition for a job well done.
10/1/2012 2:11:07 PM
yqtyqt says:
The man has been charged but not yet convicted.

Half of the job is done, but I'll be much happier when i know that the guy is convicted and locked away. A lot of strange things happen on the way to court.

But if you think that the CBSA deserves a public hug, then by all means go right ahead. Don't forget to hug the water billing dept for a job well done, the income tax bill collectors, the parking meter guys,etc,etc. They deal with cranky people all day long every day they show up to work. They're all under-appreciated employees and do a great job everyday. They just fly below the radar screen and off the front page headlines.

They're all public servants doing their jobs the best way they know how. Many don't need public praise or a hug to WANT to do their job better. They just do it.
10/2/2012 10:02:20 AM
Glyder says:
I am a public servant, and personally, I like it when my boss lets me know I am doing a good job. I don't ask for the recognition daily, but its nice when something happens and I get recognized for it.

I don't like my job, but I do it well. And getting some praise for a job well done, which DOESN'T HURT ANYONE at all, is nice, and it reaffirms to me that I am doing something meaningful both to me, and the Ontario public.

I don't understand why you are against praising people for a job well done. I would hope that the employees managers at water, income tax and parking give them some recognition every once in a while. It may not be public, but a pat on the back and a "job well done" is usually what most people like to hear.

Maybe you need a hug.
10/2/2012 3:06:31 PM
Glyder says:
Oh, and just a point, I did not click the Agree button even once on this post. 294 (at this time) people seem to agree with me, and I appreciated that. :)
10/2/2012 9:16:31 PM
localdog says:
Yet the Alcohol and Gaming Commission feed the addictions of thousands of kids and adults who have become dependent on alcohol... but they're a-ok 'cause its legal. Such hypocrisy.
10/1/2012 3:43:43 PM
SomeGuy says:
Yet the local Tim Horton's and Robins feed the addictions of thousands of kids and adults who have become dependent on coffee...but they're a-ok 'cause its legal. Such hypocrisy.
10/2/2012 3:05:29 PM
tsb says:
I hope you're not an employer. Working for someone like you sounds horrible.
10/1/2012 9:35:49 PM
debt collector says:
And chbaker says "the poo poo are bad, a little heroin and cocaine never hurt anyone."
10/1/2012 2:34:34 PM
Chief says:
Whats the matter with you people?? Constantly complaining, get a life!!
10/1/2012 4:12:29 PM
Fluffy says:
Excellent job
10/1/2012 4:18:08 PM
trent says:
Wow, I guess the Pigeon River border staff are good at something other than nailing Thunder Bay residents coming home with too much clothes or a pack of cigarettes.
10/1/2012 4:33:39 PM
CJ says:
Agreed except they didn't even do the work. The border was notified before the person even arrived at the border. If the border was never notified those drugs would be on our streets. They got lucky, that's all.
10/1/2012 5:08:06 PM
Doug Meyers says:
So it's good that they were doing their job and caught this "criminal" drug smuggler but bad if they are doing their job and catch an "innocent" citizen who is over their exemption limit? In case you haven't heard, there are laws and we are supposed to obey them all the time, not just when someone is watching. If you get caught, you pay the penalty. Deal with it; better yet, obey the law.
10/2/2012 3:09:23 PM
faster says:
Wonder if he was one of the many who made a wrong turn and never made it West with the stuff. Well done CBSA and others...

10/1/2012 5:20:34 PM
jb says:
Try reading the article before posting a comment
10/2/2012 2:16:46 PM
Pretty Mama says:
Your right localdog, know one complains about cigarettes that tons of kids are addicting to. Especially drinking and even gambling.
10/1/2012 5:37:46 PM
olive garden says:
good job either way, but they already new ahead of time who there going to be stopping for a search .
10/1/2012 6:22:31 PM
RelaxinginMurillo says:
If one assumes that a certain percentage of drugs shipments gets stopped for some reason (tips, driver acting stupid, sniffer dogs, luck, etc).. does the high value of this one indicate a random large shipment ? Or does it indicate that the overall demand for drugs like this has gone up due to the "loss" of Oxy ?
Heck, if people were paying up to $600 per Oxy pill.. what would they be willing to pay for a coupla hits of coke or heroin ?

There's alot of new money coming into the north in the next 10 years.. anyone see a looming problem ?
10/2/2012 6:45:16 AM
localdog says:
Ya no kidding, plenty of new mining jobs means plenty of money/demand for drugs. It's not just the economy that gets a boost when new jobs come to town...
10/2/2012 8:06:20 AM
Northshore77 says:
Even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while :) Only kidding. Nice to see these men and women make a bust instead of dragging law abiding citizens out of there vehicles to be seached.
10/2/2012 10:12:10 AM
gone for good says:
Seriously. People are complaining about this bust on this site.
This is a good thing. Why bitch?
What an embarrasment this forum has become.
A couple hundred or so less zombies wandering around looped on this poison suits me just fine.
Grow up.
10/2/2012 11:27:36 AM
outsider9 says:
Great job to the guys and gals at CBSA, you made the region proud!
10/2/2012 2:06:08 PM
IGotTheBigOne says:
Bunch of cry babies, you know angry people who complain about everything are ugly and have no self confidence, hate is all they know.
10/2/2012 2:21:16 PM
CJ says:
You must know from experience.
10/2/2012 8:16:33 PM
ban alcohol-legalize pot says:
There is no bigger cancer than ALCOHOL.
These parasites called the LCBO feed the addictions of thousands of kids and adults who have become dependent on drugs.

But there is no need for the fuzz to exploit the arrest in the crime as "an excellent example of the outstanding work done by our officers catching those drunk drivers”. That's their job!! If they didn't, what are they there for.
10/2/2012 8:48:25 PM
what if says:
What if this mule was suppose to get caught?
What if the vehicle with the 8 tons got thru?
What if?
10/2/2012 8:54:49 PM
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