2 Border Agents At Pearson Airport In Toronto Busted For Importing Cocaine

2 Border Agents At Pearson Airport In Toronto Busted For Importing Cocaine

TORONTO – Two customs officers at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport were arrested and charged on Thursday with a conspiracy to import cocaine into the country.

According to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), the two Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officers and three accomplices brought over 30 kilos of cocaine from Jamaica and Colombia.

The RCMP and the CBSA jointly investigated for about 18 months the conduct of agents Patrick Ruddy, 37, and Brano Andrews, 41. Both were accused of breach of trust for a public official, of conspiracy to import a prohibited substance and of importing a prohibited substance.

Roberto Leyva, 32 years old; Keith Hamid, 41, and Rennie Escoffery, 57, have also been charged with conspiracy and import of cocaine in this story, with the exception of Mr. Escoffery who was only charged with conspiracy.

“All allegations of inappropriate or illegal conduct by CBSA employees are taken very seriously … These allegations do not reflect the genuine professionalism, dedication and integrity of the day after Day CBSA employees, “said CBSA Executive Director Toronto, Goran Vragovic, in a statement.

The five defendants were scheduled to appear on Thursday afternoon at the Brampton courthouse to try to get bail.

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