FORT FRANCES – The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) announced today the seizure of a sizeable amount of prohibited drugs at the Fort Frances port of entry.
On September 19, 2016, Li Hua Lin, 51, a resident of Alberta, approached the CBSA’s primary inspection lane. She told the border services officer (BSO) that she made the wrong turn into the United States while following her Global Positioning System and wished to return to Canada. Lin was detained for a secondary examination after the BSO at primary observed signs of impairment.
While searching her vehicle, BSOs discovered $7,695 in Canadian cash along with 951 grams of suspected cocaine, 27.5 grams of suspected meth amphetamine, 99 pills of suspected OxyContin and 43.5 grams of suspected marijuana. All drugs were seized along with the currency, as suspected proceeds of crime, and her vehicle.
CBSA requested the assistance of the RCMP Thunder Bay Detachment and as a result of the joint investigation, the RCMP charged Lin on September 20, 2016, with four counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking a controlled substance contrary to section 5.(2) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. She remains in custody and will appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Fort Frances on September 29, 2016.
“The CBSA works closely with domestic and international law enforcement partners to detect and interdict illegal drugs and the proceeds of crime,” stated Tuula Schuler, District Director, Northwestern Ontario District, Canada Border Services Agency.
“The RCMP places a high priority on the interdiction of illicit drugs and plays an important role in the identification and seizure of drugs in our communities. This interception truly exemplifies the detailed and thorough work that CBSA and RCMP officers do every day to protect Canada and keep our streets safe,” said S/Sgt. Normand Roy, RCMP Thunder Bay Detachment.
- Anyone with information about suspicious cross-border activity is encouraged to call the CBSA Border Watch toll-free line at 1-888-502-9060.