Opium uncovered inside picture mailed to Winnipeg

Two people are facing charges after Montreal officers discovered hundreds of grams of opium in a package destined for Winnipeg.

Montreal border agents uncover 800 grams of opium in package from Turkey

RCMP found 800 grams of opium in this wooden picture on its way from Turkey to Winnipeg. (RCMP)

Two people are facing charges after Montreal officers discovered hundreds of grams of opium in a package destined for Winnipeg.

Blue bags containing opium were glued inside a wooden picture from Turkey. The package was addressed to a residence in Winnipeg. (RCMP)

The discovery was made in a mail processing centre in Montreal, when border services agents inspected a package coming from Turkey.

The package was destined for a Winnipeg residence, but Montreal border service agents suspected something was up when they opened the package and found a large, wooden-framed picture.

"They x-rayed the items and noticed some anomalies in the picture," said Sean Best of Canada Border Services. "They opened up the picture, and inside the frame were two bricks of suspected opium."

The two bricks were in fact opium, collectively stuffed with 800 grams of the drug. After a call to RCMP in Winnipeg, two suspects were tracked down and arrested.

This package was inspected by Montreal border agents. They later found opium stashed inside a wooden picture inside the package. (RCMP)

Now, a 45-year-old woman from Winnipeg and a 47-year-old man from Burnaby, B.C., are facing multiple charges including the importation of opium and conspiracy to traffic opium.

RCMP said though the package was addressed to a Winnipeg residence, investigators don’t believe it was the package’s final destination.

Officers continue to investigate and are now looking into whether or not the drugs are linked to an organized crime.

Best said there were 629 drug seizures at the Montreal mail centre between January and May, and 11 of those were for opium.

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