09/19/2014 04:02 EDT | Updated 06/16/2017 01:02 EDT

Mounties arrest Toronto man for allegedly recruiting drug smugglers

TORONTO - The Mounties have arrested a Toronto man who they allege recruited drug traffickers into an international narcotics ring.

The arrest Wednesday of 35-year-old Sami Mediouni followed a nine-month investigation into what police allege was a criminal group that utilized Canadian travellers to export cocaine into the United Kingdom.

The RCMP says its investigation began last November with the arrest of an alleged drug trafficker, 24-year-old Jacqueline Simone of Ajax.

Police say she was intercepted at Toronto's Pearson International Airport with nine kilograms of cocaine concealed in her suitcase and that her case is still before the courts.

The RCMP alleges Mediouni has been an active recruiter of traffickers and was responsible for recruiting and introducing Simone to the international smuggling scheme.

He has been charged with the importation of a controlled substance as well as conspiracy and is due in court Sept. 25.