55 Lbs. Of Meth Seized At Blue Water Bridge, Truck Driver Arrested

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Photo credit (Photo: Canada Border Services Agency)

PORT HURON (WWJ) - Canada authorities have announced a big drug bust at the U.S. border in Port Huron. 

According to the Canada Border Services Agency, a semi truck stopped and searched at the Blue Water Bridge last Thursday was found to be hauling 23 clear wrapped packages, which tested positive for methamphetamine.

Officials seized 25.05 kg., or a little over 55 lbs. of meth, officials said; along with pair of manila envelopes containing $126,000 in U.S. currency. 

The truck driver, 42-year old Branislav Barac of Mississauga, Ontario, was arrested. 

"This seizure is another great example of the outstanding work done by the Canada Border Services Agency who continue to keep illegal drugs and other contraband off of our streets," said Christine Durocher, A/Regional Director General, Southern Ontario Region, CBSA, in a statement. 

Barac is charged with the following: 

  • One count of importing a controlled substance, contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA);
  • One count of possession for the purpose of trafficking a controlled substance (methamphetamine), contrary to the CDSA;
  • One count of trafficking of a controlled substance, contrary to the CDSA;
  • One count of possession of property or proceeds of property in currency of the USA, over $5,000, contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada (CCC);
  • One count of possession of property or proceeds of property in currency of the USA, over $5,000, contrary to the CCC;
  • One count of possession of currency with the intent to conceal or convert those proceeds, contrary to the CCC;
  • One count of failing to report to an officer the importation of currency, greater than $10,000,

Barac remains in custody awaiting his next court date in Sarnia, Ontario next Tuesday. 

Meanwhile, an investigation by the London RCMP Border Integrity Team and police continues to determine where the drugs came from, and where they were headed.