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Ottawa family of 4 faces drug trafficking charges

05/18/2012 03:21 EDT | Updated 07/18/2012 05:12 EDT

An Ottawa family of four, including a 22-year-old son and 26-year-old daughter, is facing more than 60 drug charges in connection with alleged cocaine trafficking to Australia, Russia, India, the U.S. and several other countries, the RCMP said today.

An RCMP Ottawa airport special operations unit made the arrests Monday.

A search warrant executed at the family’s Ottawa residence resulted in the seizure of more than 520 grams of cocaine and a large sum of U.S. currency. About 220 grams of cocaine were also intercepted in transit to foreign countries.

RCMP Sgt. Marc Menard said three of the family members were arrested at home, while a fourth member was arrested elsewhere. RCMP wouldn't say how long the alleged drug shipping investigation had been going on.

The mother, Vahideh Hossain Zadeh-Darian, 56, faces the bulk of the charges, including 47 counts of exporting a controlled substance and six counts of trafficking.

The father, Manouchehr Abdolahi, 56, was released on a $5,000 cash bail, and Yasmine Abdolahi, the couple's daughter, was released on a $10,000 bond. Both will appear in court again on May 30.

The mother and son, Mohammed Abdolahi, were scheduled to appear in court today.

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