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‘Significant’ shipment of suspected cocaine found at Blue Water Bridge

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It is alleged that 188 bricks of suspected cocaine were found in a truck entering Canada through the Blue Water Bridge, according to officials from the Canada Border Services Agency.

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Agency officials said a commercial truck driver arrived Oct. 17 at the primary inspection station on the Canadian side of the bridge that connects the Sarnia area to Port Huron, Michigan.

The driver was sent for a secondary inspection, where officers noticed inconsistencies in his charge, agency officials added.

It is alleged that a detailed inspection found 188 bricks of suspected cocaine.

Point Edward’s Blue Water Bridge on the Canadian side of the St. Clair River. Photo by photo archive /The Observer

“This seizure is significant,” said An Nguyen, district director at the Canada Border Services Agency, in a press release. “The (border) officers involved in this interception have done an exemplary job as their investigative skills have led to the end of this smuggling attempt.”

The driver was arrested by officers and, along with the suspected drugs, turned over to the RCMP.

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“This successful investigation is another great example of how partnerships protect our communities across Canada,” said Matt Peggs, RCMP O Division Chief Superintendent.

Zenon Bialkowski, 68, of Brampton, has been charged with importation of cocaine and possession of the drug for the purpose of trafficking.

“The work of the Canada Border Services Agency is our country’s first line of defense – and seizures like this are clear signs that our efforts to prevent crime and keep illegal drugs off our streets are bearing fruit. fruit,” said Marco Mendicino, Federal Minister of Public Affairs. security.

The seizure was the latest discovery of large shipments of illegal drugs in vehicles at the busy St. Clair River crossing.

In April, it was alleged that around 60 kilograms of suspected cocaine were discovered in a truck crossing the Blue Water Bridge.

In March, approximately 265 kilograms of suspected heroin, pink cocaine and methamphetamine were seized.

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