Three Arrests Made in Mississauga Drug Bust

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Three men have been arrested by the RCMP in connection with 40 kgs of opium that was recently intercepted by Mississauga Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officials.

On September 5, RCMP officers arrived at a Mississauga commercial business and found three men, identified as Karim Estakhri, Payam Golpayegani, and Ardeshir Ghalamkari, repackaging the drugs--all three were arrested.

The shipments were originally intercepted by CBSA agents on August 22, and September 1, at which time they were turned over to the RCMP Toronto Airport Detachment as part of an on-going investigation.

Estakhri and Golpayegani were charged with two counts of importation of a controlled substance into Canada, two counts of conspiracy to import a controlled substance into Canada, one count of possession of a controlled substance, and one count of conspiracy to possess a controlled substance; while Ghalamkari was charged with one count of importation of a controlled substance into Canada, one count of possession of a controlled substance, once count of conspiracy to import a controlled substance into Canada, and one count of conspiracy to possess a controlled substance.

“This cooperation [between the CBSA and RCMP] is crucial in keeping illicit drugs off the streets and keeping Canadians safe,” said RCMP Inspector Barry Dolan.

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