RCMP have arrested two people in Winnipeg after intercepting a package of opium – hidden inside a picture frame – in Montreal.
The investigation began on Sept. 17 when the parcel was seized by the Canada Border Services Agency in Quebec. Officers found 800 grams of opium. The drugs had originated from Turkey and were destined for an address in Winnipeg.
RCMP were contacted, and two accused were arrested in the city on Wednesday.
Hussein Khalilzadeh Nikbin, 47, of Burnaby, B.C. and Patricia Louise Gauthier, 45, of Winnipeg were located at a city residence. Both have been charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking, importation of opium, conspiracy to traffic and conspiracy to import.
Nikbin also goes by the alias of Kevin Anderson, according to RCMP. Both accused are expected to make their first court appearance today in Winnipeg.
RCMP say they believe the opium was likely headed for another destination once it arrived in Winnipeg. The investigation continues to determine if this seizure is linked to organized crime.