An Icelandic woman in her forties, arrested at Toronto Pearson International Airport on December 18 on suspicion of attempting to import almost a kilogram of cocaine to Canada, will appear before a judge in Toronto on Friday. She was arrested as she prepared to leave the airport for Iceland, newswire.ca reports.
Vísir reports that the woman’s case I connected to substantial smuggling of drugs from Cancun, Mexico to Iceland, through Canada. She left Iceland for Toronto to pick up a golf set, which had been stopped in Canada after having been shipped from Mexico. She was arrested in Toronto, but the golf clubs were found to be filled with cocaine.
The investigation of the case is in the hands of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, but at its earlier stages, it was in cooperation with the Icelandic Police, according to information from Chief Superintendent Friðrik Smári Björgvinsson.
According to Vísir, the woman told three female friends she had won a trip for four to Cancun, a luxury trip which they accepted in November, unaware that that they were going to be used as mules.
At Keflavík International Airport, the woman handed the women one golf set each and told them they would be playing golf in Mexico. None of them plays golf. The women had a stopover in Toronto and then flew to Mexico. The golf sets were left at the reception of the hotel. When the three friends were unable to get an answer from the woman as to how their tickets had been obtained, they decided to leave Mexico early, fearful of the situation they were in. They made it to Iceland through Toronto, and the friend arrived later.
The woman later returned to Canada, where she was arrested, and has been in police custody since December 18.