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Winnipeg Man Charged After Importing Something More Than ‘Documents’

August 11, 2016 11:26 AM | News

Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)

A 21-year-old Winnipeg man has been charged after police say he tried to import fentanyl from China.

Canada Border Services Agency agents at the Vancouver airport intercepted 39 grams of fentanyl in a package labeled as documents on July 25.

The drugs were turned over to RCMP “D” Division in Manitoba for investigation. Mounties and the CBSA conducted a joint operation in Winnipeg on August 5.

Jayden Obireck-Becker was arrested and has been charged with importation and possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking.

The CBSA says the amount of fentanyl seized could have produced up to 400 doses. Fentanyl has been blamed on several fatal overdoses in recent years, particularly among teens.

Obireck-Becker will appear in Winnipeg court on September 8.