Trucker Caught Smuggling Meth And $126K Is Facing Slew Of Charges
Point Edward, Ontario – A Canadian truck driver is facing a slew of charges after law enforcement discovered more than 55 pounds of methamphetamine and a pile of cash in his semi-truck.
On May 2, 2019, a semi-truck entered Canada through the Blue Water Bridge, Point Edward, Ontario, and was referred for a secondary examination.
During the examination, Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officers utilized a Large Scale Imaging x-ray to scan the vehicle.
CBSA officers found an anomaly which initiated a more progressive search of the truck with the support of a detector dog.
This led to the discovery of 23 clear wrapped packages which tested positive for methamphetamine, according to CBSA.
Additionally, two envelopes containing $126,000 were found as well.
The CBSA contacted the Royal Canadian Mounted Police who took custody of the truck driver, Branislav Barac, 42, of Mississauga, Ontario, and seized the meth and cash.
Barac is charged with:
– One count of importing a controlled substance, contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA);
– One count of possession for the purpose of trafficking a controlled substance (methamphetamine), contrary to the CDSA;
– One count of trafficking of a controlled substance, contrary to the CDSA;
– One count of possession of property or proceeds of property in currency of the United States of America, over $5,000, contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada (CCC);
– One count of possession of property or proceeds of property in currency of the United States of America, over $5,000, contrary to the CCC;
– One count of possession of currency with the intent to conceal or convert those proceeds, contrary to the CCC;
– One count of failing to report to an officer the importation of currency, greater than $10,000, contrary to the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act.
Mr. Barac’s next court date is May 21, 2019 at the Ontario Court of Justice in Sarnia, Ontario.