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Surrey man charged after 13 kilograms of heroin seized at border

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RCMP say this significant amount of heroin, seized at the Douglas border crossing last year, would supply 130,000 doses at the street level. RCMP handout

A 39-year-old Surrey man is facing drug charges after Canada Border Services Agency officers discovered 13 kilograms of heroin at the Peace Arch border crossing last year.

Gurpreet Singh Mand has been charged with one count of importing a controlled substance and one count of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking.

The seizure occurred on Aug. 18, 2017 when Mand was returning to Canada from the United States.

During an inspection of Mand’s vehicle, CBSA officers discovered a suitcase containing 13 vacuum-sealed packages.

Mand was arrested for smuggling under the Customs Act.

The packages were later found to contain high-quality heroin with a combined weight of approximately 13 kilograms.

“This large seizure of heroin would have been destined for the domestic opioid market. There is a high likelihood it would have been further mixed with fentanyl or other potent synthetic opioids. This seizure will keep these dangerous drugs off the streets of British Columbia,” said RCMP Sgt. Eric Boechler.

Mand is scheduled to appear in Surrey provincial court on Oct. 22.

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