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Friday April 7th, 2017

Posted at 4:37pm

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A Leamington man is one of several people charged after a joint investigation involving the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Kitchener Detachment, Waterloo Regional Police Service , Canada Border Services Agency, Homeland Security Investigations, and the Drug Enforcement Administration  has resulted in the seizure of 38.5 kilograms of cocaine.

Police say that the investigation started in 2016 and centered on the importation of cocaine into Canada from the USA in commercial motor vehicles, organized by a group of individuals from the Waterloo region.

Police allege that the accused were involved in the logistical side of the importation, arranging for the transportation of the cocaine through the USA and across the border and into Canada by hiding it in loads of legitimate cargo.

Charged is 42-year-old Philip Boutros of Leamington.

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