International opium trafficking alleged in cottage country

An investigation involving the RCMP, provincial police and German authorities has resulted in two men being charged in connection with an alleged attempt to import opium into Ontario.

An investigation involving the RCMP, provincial police and German authorities has resulted in two men being charged in connection with an alleged attempt to import opium into Ontario.

On Aug. 3, a parcel containing 10 kilograms of opium was intercepted by authorities in Germany, the Mounties said in a release on Friday.

The package was addressed to a business in Burk's Falls, Ont., they said.

Ten days later, a search warrant was executed at a Burk's Falls business with the help of the Ontario Provincial Police, the release said.

Two people — one from Burk's Falls and one from Huntsville, about 40 kilometres south — were arrested, police said.

They are charged with the importation of a controlled substance and possession for the purpose of trafficking a controlled substance.

Both men were released following an initial court appearance and are due back in court next month in Sundridge, Ont.

With files from CBC News