CBSA vehicle examination at Ambassador Bridge leads to seizure of suspected cocaine and RCMP charges

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bricks of cocaine - RCMP ONtario Image
Bricks of cocaine - RCMP ONtario Image

WINDSOR – NEWS – On August 29, 2021, the CBSA arrested a U.S. traveller at the Ambassador Bridge port of entry in Windsor, Ontario. The individual, who arrived in a passenger vehicle, was referred for secondary inspection and during the search, border services officers found 18 bricks of suspected cocaine weighing approximately 18 kg. 

The suspect was arrested by the CBSA – Southern Ontario Region and transferred to the custody of the RCMP – Windsor Border Integrity unit, along with the suspected cocaine. 

“This seizure further demonstrates the commitment of our border services officers to protect our communities. We are incredibly proud of their efforts and the work they do every day and we are thankful to have a strong partnership with the RCMP,” said Joe McMahon, District Director, Ambassador Bridge Operations, Canada Border Services Agency.

“The Canadian law enforcement community remains dedicated to enforcing laws against illicit drugs. Keeping our communities safe is a shared responsibility. The RCMP is always grateful for CBSA’s continuous collaboration and support,” states Superintendent Shawn Boudreau, Officer in Charge, RCMP Border Integrity Program, O Division.

Federico Jimenez-Martinez, 34, of Kansas City, Missouri, United States was charged with: 

• Importation of a Schedule I substance (cocaine), contrary the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act 

• Possession of a Schedule I substance (cocaine) for purpose of trafficking, contrary the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act 

Jimenez-Martinez appeared at the Windsor Courthouse on October 13, 2021. The investigation is ongoing. 

Quick Facts 

• If you have information about suspicious cross-border activity, please contact the CBSA Border Watch Line at 1-888-502-9060. 

• Anyone with information regarding criminal activity is encouraged to contact their local police, the RCMP at 1-800-387-0020, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.