Mounties' cat-mouse nets $8M in heroin

Nov. 5, 2008 at 8:04 AM

TORONTO, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- A weeks-long waiting game by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police netted nearly 60 pounds of high-grade heroin from Pakistan, the force said.

RCMP Superintendent Ron Allen told a Toronto-area news conference the 75 percent pure powder was first detected in a maritime shipping container in Halifax, Nova Scotia, by X-rays last month.

Allen said the street value was hard to assess because of the purity, but estimated it was worth more than $8 million. The 81 slim boxes of heroin was concealed among 430 cartons of towels, the Toronto Star said.

Allen said the powder was replaced with look-alike material and allowed to continue its trek to Toronto by rail.

Four men ranging in age from 39 to 82 who tried to claim the boxes were arrested, and a subsequent raid on a house east of Toronto netted a hand grenade and ammunition, the Toronto Sun said.

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