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Thursday July 28th, 2016

Posted at 1:52pm

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Last updated: Sunday July 31st, 3:12pm

A two-year joint investigation by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Canada Border Services Agency into the importation and trafficking of cocaine ended Thursday with the arrest of three people from the Leamington area. Police allege that these individuals were involved in the importation and subsequent distribution of cocaine.

Police say that the evidence gathered revealed a criminal group moving large amounts of cocaine from Mexico into Canada. During the course of the investigation, police seized over two kilograms of cocaine as well as identified sophisticated concealment methods which enabled the cocaine shipments to cross international borders undetected.

On Thursday, July 28th, the RCMP along with members of CBSA, Essex County OPP, and Chatham-Kent Police Service executed several search warrants in the Leamington area. In addition, a search warrant was executed by the RCMP in Manitoba.

Charged are 48-year-old Daniel Thiessen with conspiracy to traffick cocaine, and conspiracy to kidnap, 29-year-old Jacob Thiessen with conspiracy to traffick cocaine, and conspiracy to kidnap and 56-year-old Jay Shanks with conspiracy to kidnap.

“The inter-operability of police agencies is fundamental to community safety. The RCMP is determined to reduce the total harmful effects caused by organized crime by disrupting the supplies of illicit drugs. The result of this investigation demonstrates how the RCMP and its partner agencies work effectively together to keep illicit drugs out of our communities,” said Inspector Kevin Keane of the Windsor Detachment RCMP.

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