Two men have been charged with drug trafficking after 35 kilograms of heroin was seized at the Vancouver International Airport last month. The street value of the drug is estimated at over $14 million.
Randy Norman Per, 42, and Tenny Guon Lim, 34, have both been charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking. Per has since been released, but Lim remains in custody.
Their arrests came after an 18-month coordinated investigation between the RCMP Federal Serious and Organized Crime (FSOC), the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the Vancouver Police Department (VPD).
The investigation focused on allegations that people were moving contraband from South Asia into Canada, via the Vancouver International Airport.
“This is a significant seizure, not only because it is the largest heroin seizure in the CBSA Pacific Region’s recent history, but also because an organized internal conspiracy has been disrupted. This seizure and the arrests of individuals involved in drug smuggling demonstrates the excellent work being done by our CBSA intelligence officers, border services officers and the RCMP in detecting and preventing illegal drugs from entering our country and our communities”, said Yvette-Monique Gray, Director of CBSA's Enforcement and Intelligence Division, Pacific Region.
“The CBSA has a shared objective with its domestic and international law enforcement partners to impede the flow of drugs across international borders, and to investigate and interdict (ban) the international, movement production and trafficking of narcotics.”
The investigation remains active. The two accused are scheduled to make their next court appearance on July 8 in Richmond.