The authorities discovered the existence of a leak by intercepting the trafficker's calls. From the outset of these calls, it is clear that the organization is paying someone to advise it when investigations are underway on the highway, the agreed statement of facts states.
To uncover the source of the leak, police intentionally disclosed information to ministry investigators regarding a recent seizure of 71 cases of unstamped cigarettes belonging to couriers working for the trafficker.
Police then intercepted a call from the investigator telling an accomplice to leave the highway in order to avoid police.
His next court hearing is January 8, 2024.
The investigation also led to the arrest of a woman who worked with the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires as a guard at the Canadian Science Center for Human and Animal Health.
The woman pleaded guilty to conspiracy to traffic cocaine, admitting that she kept a backpack full of cocaine for the trafficker in November 2022 in exchange for $200.
At the Nov. 6 sentencing hearing, defense attorney Jason Poettcker said the woman was a single mother who had faced terrible instability in her life.
The court also heard that the accused had a traumatic childhood, often going without food with her siblings.
His lawyer said the trafficker had befriended the guard, and then exploited him when he realized that she needed the money Ultimately, she made a bad choice because of this situation, he argued.
The guard was given a two-year suspended prison sentence which she will serve in the community.