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Toronto couple charged after 520 kg of illicit drugs discovered

WINDSOR, ON, Nov. 15, 2023 /CNW/ - On March 4, 2023, a semi-truck coming into Canada at the Ambassador Bridge border crossing, was referred for secondary examination by Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) border services officers. During a thorough inspection of the trailer, officers discovered suspected methamphetamine weighing approximately 300 kilograms. The driver was arrested, handed over to the RCMP, and was subsequently released.

Windsor RCMP Border Integrity (BI) with assistance from CBSA Windsor Intelligence and Enforcement Operations Division (IEOD) began an in-depth investigation to determine where the methamphetamine was coming from and who was responsible. Windsor RCMP BI identified Marvin Watson (31 years old) of Toronto, as the suspected organizer of the initial shipment. His partner, Maria Kiguru (33 years old), from Toronto, was also suspected of having been involved in the criminal activity.

Since the incident, investigators gathered evidence that led them to believe that Watson and Kiguru were responsible for more than just trafficking in methamphetamine. During the investigation, police observed Watson arrive at his residence in a moving van. Police stopped the vehicle and arrested Watson finding 120 kilogramss of cocaine in the van.

Search warrants were executed by RCMP with assistance from the CBSA at the residence of Watson and Kiguru in Toronto. The search resulted in officers finding and seizing more drugs, including 100 kilograms of methamphetamine, one kilogram of opium, two kilograms of MDMA, and several kilograms of marijuana. Officers also found evidence of possession of proceeds of crime and money laundering.

Both Watson and Kiguru were arrested. Watson remains in custody and Kiguru is waiting for her next court date. Charges for each are as follows:

Maria Kiguru

Marvin Watson

As a result of this investigation, CBSA and RCMP prevented $13 million worth of drugs from reaching Canadian streets.

This file was successful due to the joint efforts of the CBSA at the Ambassador Bridge port of entry and the Windsor Intelligence and Enforcement Operations Division; RCMP Windsor Border Integrity; and Homeland Security Investigations. We would also like to thank the following RCMP teams: Special I, Niagara on the Lake Border Integrity Unit, O Division Border Integrity Air Domain, Toronto Airport Detachment, O Division Criminal Analysis Section and Digital Forensic Services Unit. Additional thank you to the  U.S. Department of Forensic Sciences for their support on this file. Additional thank you to the Toronto Police Service and the U.S. Department of Forensic Sciences for their support on this file.


"I want to thank our officers for their tremendous efforts to keep deadly drugs for reaching our streets. As criminal organizations evolve, the work of the CBSA and the RCMP will continue to disrupt cross-border criminal activity and protect our communities."
~Joseph Chayeski, Director, Ambassador Bridge District Operations, CBSA

"The CBSA and the RCMP continue to get positive results from our collaboration to protect Canada's borders. This seizure of cash and contraband is one more example of how our combined services are keeping Ontario citizens safe from criminal activities."
~Supt. Rae Bolsterli, RCMP O Division, OIC Border Integrity

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