A 76-year-old woman caught attempting to smuggle $825,000 worth of cocaine into Canada 

TORONTO — Members of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), with the assistance of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), made two significant seizures of suspected cocaine from individuals returning to Canada on commercial airline flights at the Toronto Pearson International Airport (TPIA) in June. 

A 76-year-old female traveller was stopped on June 18 after arriving at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport from Jamaica. She was referred for a secondary exam by CBSA Passenger Operations District Border Services Officers (BSOs). The officers examined six food packages, which revealed 6.6 kilograms of suspected cocaine within the items, estimated at $825,000. 

Another female traveller who arrived on another flight from Jamaica on June 23,was also stopped and was referred for a secondary exam by CBSA officers. The passenger’s belongings were inspected and BSOs discovered 3.85 kilograms of suspected cocaine secreted in eight food packages. The CBSA estimated the seizure value was $447,500. 

Both individuals were arrested and, along with the suspected cocaine, were turned over to the RCMP. 

Mavis Coreta Segree, 76, of Etobicoke, and Amran Jama, 31, of Hamilton, were each charged with: 

  • Importing a substance included in Schedule I (cocaine) contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA)

Segree and Jama were released on bail with conditions. Both will be appearing at the Brampton Court on August 26 and September 2. 

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