Brampton truck driver charged after 188 bricks of suspected cocaine found in border inspection


Published November 7, 2022 at 11:51 am

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A 68-year-old Brampton man faces charges after Canada Border Services found 188 bricks of suspected cocaine during an inspection.

The charges came after a commercial truck driver stopped at the primary inspection booth at the Blue Water Bridge in Point Edward, Ontario on Oct. 17, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and RCMP said in a joint press release on Nov. 7.

CBSA officers referred the driver to a secondary examination of his truck where they found inconsistencies in the load.

Further inspection of the shipment revealed 188 brick-shaped objects containing suspected cocaine.

CBSA officers arrested the driver and handed him over to the RCMP with the suspected narcotics.

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One of 188 bricks of suspected cocaine seized at the Blue Water Bridge on Oct. 17. RCMP photo

“This is a significant seizure,” said An Nguyen, District Director, St. Clair District Operations, Canada Border Services Agency. “One of our main priorities is to prevent harmful goods from entering Canada. The CBSA officers involved in this interception did an exemplary job and their investigative skills helped put an end to this smuggling attempt. Our partnership with the RCMP reinforces our commitment to public safety.”

Zenon Bialkowski, 68, of Brampton, Ontario, faces the following charges:

  • Importation of cocaine, contrary to subsection 6(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act ;
  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking, contrary to subsection 5(2) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

The case is currently before the Ontario Court of Justice in Sarnia, Ontario.

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