Selkirk Mounties catch another alleged prison drug smuggler


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RCMP in Selkirk have arrested another person accused of trying to smuggle illicit drugs into a prison.

Mounties were called to a break-and-enter in progress at a business on the small city’s Main Street at about 4 a.m. Monday, where witnesses saw a man breaking windows and trying to pry open a door. Officers found the suspect nearby, who was found to have a Canada-wide warrant.

He was taken to the local detachment, where officers discovered he had ingested a balloon of what’s believed to be heroin and methamphetamine in an attempt to smuggle them into a prison. He passed the balloon at the detachment then was taken to hospital.

The man, 23 of Thunder Bay, has been charged with a slew of offences including two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking.

Recently, RCMP spokeswoman Cpl. Julie Courchaine said officers at the Selkirk detachment have encountered similar circumstances of attempted smuggling during a handful of arrests over the past year.

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