The RCMP has announced that two people are facing charges for shipping a large quantity of drugs to Metro Vancouver.
The shipment consisted of 40,000 fentanyl pills and 130 kilos of cocaine.
Yan Chau Lam, also known as Andrew Lam, and Gertrude Cheong, also known as Sok Wai Cheong, were named in a B.C. RCMP news release Tuesday (October 3).
Lam, 48, is a resident of Richmond, and the 43-year-old Cheong lives in Vancouver.
According to the RCMP, the two were “intercepted” in February 2016 after U.S. customs authorities discovered 110 packages containing 130 kilos of cocaine at the Los Angeles/Long Beach seaport.
A subsequent search at a Richmond apartment in B.C. yielded 40,000 fentanyl pills and a one-kilo brick of methamphetamine.
The RCMP said in the release that Lam and Cheong are out on bail. They will appear again before in court in Richmond on October 31.
The cocaine packages were in three roller suitcases found inside a refrigerated container from Brazil that was bound for the Port of Vancouver.
American authorities notified their Canadian counterparts, leading to the arrest of Lam and Cheong.
Fentanyl has been detected in more than 80 percent of fatal drug overdoses in B.C. for the first seven months of 2017.
Some 1,500 people in the province are projected to die of overdoses this year.More