Drug importation cases, by definition, have an international element. They involve the smuggling or shipment of drugs from one country to another. Given Canada’s long border with the United States, it is not surprising that many cross-border cases involve an American investigative aspect, or an agency such as the American Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). There are sometimes two-way exchanges (i.e., marijuana for cocaine) in addition to money. These cases may give rise to liability in two or more jurisdictions, and may involve the possibility of extradition to face charges abroad.
Importation cases dealt with in the Canadian courts are treated very seriously. Martland & Saulnier is familiar with this area of the law and can help.