Accused in significant cocaine bust remains in custody, changes lawyers

Canada Border Services Agency reportedly found 31 bricks of suspected cocaine

By Patrick Burles
Lethbridge News Now, March 26, 2018

LETHBRIDGE – A 26-year-old Fort McMurray resident remains in custody at the Lethbridge Correctional Centre, after being charged earlier this month in connection with the seizure of suspected cocaine at the Carway border crossing.

BMG appeared briefly in court via CCTV Monday morning, Mar. 26, at which time he stated that he has just retained Calgary lawyer, Sean Fagan, and released the local attorney who took on the case last week.

The Crown prosecutor noted that they are opposed to BMG’s release, and the matter was adjourned to Thursday, Mar. 29, potentially for a bail hearing.

The charges against BMG stem from a secondary inspection of an SUV at the Carway crossing on Mar. 17. Members of the Canada Border Services Agency reportedly found 31 bricks of suspected cocaine hidden in what authorities called a “sophisticated” compartment in the trunk of the vehicle. It was also noted that it was a record bust for the Carway port of entry.

Had the substance reached Alberta streets, it would have produced an estimated 310,000 hits for users.

“What I can tell you is the fact that 31 kg of cocaine being brought into our country is definitely not being used for personal consumption,” said RCMP Insp. Allan Lai, during a media availability. “We definitely believe that there is some connection to an organized crime element here.”

Lai added that depending on several variables, the estimated street value could be between $1.4 million and $3.1 million.

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