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article imageDrugs are in the mail? Ontario man charged with importing opium

By John Duarte     Mar 6, 2012 in Crime
London - A London, Ontario, man has been charged with several drug-related offences after the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Drug Section intercepted a package mailed from Turkey.
According to a released statement, the man was arrested in his vehicle by members of the London detachment of the RCMP, on March 1. At the time of the arrest, the accused also had in his possession quantities of marijuana and methamphetamine.
The package, containing approximately one kilogram of opium, was allegedly mailed from Turkey. The Canada Border Services Agency intercepted the package at Montreal’s Léo-Blanchette International Mail Processing Centre and alerted the RCMP. The subsequent investigation led to the arrest of a London resident on charges of violating the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. The street value of a kilogram of opium is estimated at $25,000.
"Those who traffic in illicit drugs destroy lives, homes, and communities," says Inspector Dwight Blok, officer in charge of RCMP London Detachment. "The RCMP remains fully committed to enforcing laws against illicit drugs to their fullest extent."
Forty-seven-year-old Hassan Nassirbeghi has been charged with importation of opium, possession for the purpose of trafficking opium, possession of marijuana and possession of methamphetamine. He is scheduled to appear in London court on April 27, 2012.
Anyone with additional information regarding this investigation is asked to contact London police, the RCMP at 1-800-387-0020 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
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