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Parents charged after $1M worth of drugs found, some in child's suitcase

Image of drugs seized from Brampton couple, including some found inside suitcase of 12-year-old, at Pearson Airport on Feb. 7, 2021. RCMP/HO

Two Brampton adults are facing drug charges after Canadian border officials seized more than 100 kilograms of illegal drugs, some of which were hidden in the suitcase of a 12-year-old travelling with them.

RCMP say back on February 7, border agents at Pearson Airport examined the luggage of a family of four that had just arrived from Montego Bay, Jamaica. Officers uncovered approximately 7.7 kg of cocaine, 93 kg of marijuana, and 218 grams of hashish, while a suitcase checked in under the name of a 12-year-old child also contained cannabis.

Officials estimate the value of the drugs seized at over $1.6 million.

Police have charged both parents with three counts of importing a controlled substance contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and three counts of conspiracy to commit an indictable offence contrary to the Criminal Code.

The two adults have been released on bail as they await trial while the children have been released to other family members following consultations with Peel Children’s Aid Society.