Recently Canadian border guards jailed a 66-year-old widow and grandmother of 12 after they mistaken the motor oil in a jar for heroin at a Manitoba port of entry.
A retired administrative assistant for organizations, like Girl Scouts, drove from Warroad, Minn. to Sprague, Man., when guards questioned her. After searching her minivan, the border guards along with Canada Border Services Agency found a jar that contains brownish liquid.
Despite the claim of the woman that the jar contains motor oil, the border guards found traces of heroin in the dark liquid after conducting the cursory test. The senior was arrested and then headed to jail instead of heading to Canada. She was charged with possession of drug for trafficking purposes and importing controlled substance.
The Minnesota woman who wasn’t able to post a bail bond was locked up for 12 days at Winnipeg Remand Centre and was released after the liquid in the jar was proven not heroin during further testing.
She said after the release that it’s scary for her to be locked up without knowing if she would ever be released from jail. Canadian officials have not provided any explanation as to what happened and have not apologized to the woman.
The lawyer representing the woman stated that border guards could have waited for further lab tests to conclude whether there was in actual heroin in the oil and added that the test they conducted could only determine the absence or the presence of a substance and it wouldn’t indicate how much is the amount of the substance found. The lawyer refused to comment on the merits of the arrest until he’s able to examine the report of the border agency.
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