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2 arrested after heroin, hidden in shoes, seized at Hamilton airport

This shoe is one of five that was allegedly filled with heroin and seized at John C. Munroe Hamilton International Airport on July 18, 2017. CSBA/RCMP

Two people are under arrest after shoes, allegedly filled with heroin, were seized at John C. Munroe Hamilton International Airport.

The package, which came from Pakistan, was opened during a routine exam at a cargo facility on July 18, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said Thursday.

The package included various clothing items, including five pairs of women’s high-heel shoes.

But the shoes had a strange smell, and it looked like the soles had been tampered with, officials said. The shoes were scanned, the soles were removed, and instead of a regular bottom, officers say they found wrapped, clear bags shaped to represent the soles.

The substance tested positive for heroin, officials said.

The CBSA said they seized 799 grams of heroin concealed in five pairs of shoes.

The CBSA turned over the narcotics to the RCMP. The RCMP allowed the package to be delivered and arrested two people.

Evans Okwara, 34, was charged with importation of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking and conspiracy. Nancy Mintah, 25, was charged with importation of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking and conspiracy.