Ontario Parents Charged for Allegedly Smuggling Drugs in Own Luggage, Children’s Suitcase

February 26, 2021 Updated: February 27, 2021

Two parents have been charged for allegedly attempting to smuggle over 100 kilograms of drugs in their luggage and one of their children’s suitcases at Toronto Pearson International Airport.

On Feb. 7, Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA) officers searched the family—two adults and two children, aged 10 and 12—after they arrived from Montego Bay, Jamaica.

According to a statement from the police, CBSA officers discovered 7.7 kilograms of cocaine, 93 kilograms of marijuana, and 218 grams of hashish.

The police said one of the suitcases that contained cannabis was checked in under the ticket of their 12-year-old child.

The CBSA estimated that the value of drugs seized to be over $1.6 million.

“Seizures like this underscore the necessity for the RCMP to work closely with our law enforcement partners and the public to protect our communities and our borders,” said Inspector Barry Dolan, the RCMP officer in charge of Toronto Airport Detachment.

After an initial investigation by the RCMP Toronto Airport Detachment, the parents from Brampton, Ontario, were charged with three counts of importing a controlled substance contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and another three counts of “Conspiracy to Commit an Indictable Offence” contrary to the Criminal Code.

Police said the children were released and are staying with other family members. Consultation arrangements were also made with Peel Children’s Aid Society.

The parents were released on bail and are scheduled to appear at the A. Grenville and William Davis Courthouse in April.