Two B.C. residents have been charged in connection with 40,000 fentanyl pills and 132 kilograms of cocaine seized at the Port of Vancouver.
According to the RCMP, the two men were charged in early October following a 17-month investigation that began when U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in Los Angeles alerted Canadian officials that they had spotted “three roller suitcases inside a refrigerated container arriving from Brazil” and headed for Vancouver by sea.
Canadian border security inspected the suitcases and found 110 packages containing more than 30 kilograms of a white powdery substance that tested positive for cocaine, and police arrested the two people shortly after.
Following the arrest, the RCMP searched a Richmond apartment and seized 40,000 fentanyl pills and a one-kilogram brick of methamphetamine.
Yan Chau Lam (Andrew) Lam, 48, of Richmond has been charged with one count of conspiring to import a controlled substance, one count of conspiring to possess a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking and three counts of unlawfully possessing a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking.
Sok Wai (Gertrude) Cheong, 43, of Vancouver, has been charged with one count of conspiring to possess a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking.