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Cross-border investigation turns up 15 kilograms of opium

12/17/2014 12:13 EST | Updated 02/16/2015 05:59 EST
A Toronto man is under arrest after a cross-border investigation involving four law enforcement agencies uncovered 15 kilograms of opium.

The RCMP, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Canada Border Services Agency co-ordinated to arrest Abdolrahman Ibrahimi, 50, of Toronto, and charged him with three drug-related offences.

It started when American authorities inspected a package that came from Erbil, Iraq, and passed through Cincinnati, Ohio, on it's way to a Toronto business.

Customs officials say they found large metal steel gears containing approximately 15 kilograms of opium.

The steel gears were shipped to the RCMP, who conducted an investigation and arrested the suspect on Dec. 9 in the area of Lawrence Avenue East and Victoria Park Avenue. 

Authorities are praising the information-sharing that happened during the course of the investigation.

"The success of this investigation is a result of our ability and capacity to work effectively with our local and international partners," said Insp. Dean Dickson of the RCMP Toronto Airport Detachment.

The RCMP charged Ibrahimi with:

- Importing drugs into Canada

- Possession for the purpose of trafficking

- Conspiracy to Import a Controlled Substance

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