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Thursday August 15th, 2013

Posted at 1:36pm

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The Canada Border Services Agency and the RCMP have arrested and charged an Ontario man as a result of a significant seizure of cocaine and methamphetamine at the Ambassador Bridge in Windsor.

On August 4th, Wayne Douglas Rutherford returned to Canada at the Ambassador Bridge with a commercial shipment of produce from California. The shipment was referred for secondary examination. While CBSA border services officers conducted an examination of the tractor-trailer with the aid of the Mobile Vehicle and Cargo Inspection System, inconsistencies were noted in the front wall of the cargo trailer. After removing a number of interior panels, they discovered multiple packages of cocaine and methamphetamine. CBSA officers seized a total of 53 kilograms of cocaine and 22 kilograms of methamphetamine.

Rutherford, 61, of Colborne, Ontario, has been charged by the RCMP with two counts of unlawfully importing a controlled substance, and two counts of possession of a substance for the purpose of trafficking in relation to both the cocaine and methamphetamine.

“The smuggling of drugs into our country poses a grave threat to the safety of our communities,” said Tony Geoghegan, Acting Regional Director General, Southern Ontario Region. “CBSA officers work tirelessly to keep illegal drugs and other contraband from entering Canada.”

If you have witnessed or are aware of any incident involving suspicious cross-border activity, please contact the CBSA Border Watch Toll-free Line at 1-888-502-9060 or the RCMP at 1-800-387-0020.

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