The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) arrested two individuals aged 70 and 60 years old in connection with the importation of 270 kgs of cocaine. (Officers from CBSA Halifax Marine Operations pictured with approximately 270 kg of suspected cocaine, seized from a vessel in Halifax, NS on July 18, 2020.)
Magella Raymond, 70 years old, and Josée Caisey, 60 years old, from Baie-des-Sables, Quebec are facing charges of importation and possession of cocaine for purposes of trafficking, RCMP said in a statement.
The statement further added that these arrests are linked to the seizure of 270 kg of cocaine from a sailboat attempting to dock in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
The search was conducted on July 18, 2020, in response to a report by the RCMP to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).
Meanwhile, RCMP said the investigation which led to the arrest of the two individuals in Quebec, was conducted by officers from the RCMP’s Québec City Detachment, with assistance from the Bas-Saint-Laurent Detachment.
The investigation revealed that the accused had agreed to transport the large quantity of drugs from the Caribbean to Canada, RCMP said, adding the two individuals appeared by video conference yesterday afternoon before the Nova Scotia Provincial Court and were released on conditions.