2 Calgarians charged after opium found in airport luggage
Opium was stuffed into 7 coffee carafes
Two people from Calgary have been charged after five kilograms of black tar opium were found inside luggage at the Calgary airport.
The drugs were discovered Aug. 7 inside seven coffee carafes on a return flight to Calgary from Iran via Frankfurt.
RCMP have laid charges of importation and possession for the purposes of trafficking.
While this is the second time opium has been seized at the Calgary airport, officials say there is not a widespread use of the drug.
"In the widespread market for illicit drugs, it's rare," said Const. Scott Burge. "There's a unique market, a unique demographic, for this opium but it's not as prevalent as you're hearing about cocaine and crack and marijuana."
Officials estimate the street value of the drugs could range from $300,000 to $500,000.
Burge says opium can be converted into heroin, but it's rarely done in cases like this.