Three of four people charged with importing heroin into Australia have been identified as Tyrell Brown (left)

Three of four people charged with importing heroin into Australia have been identified as Tyrell Brown (left)

Surrey/White Rock connections in international heroin bust

Accused face potential life sentences after Australian customs guards find 17 kilograms of heroin in luggage.

  • Nov. 28, 2013 2:00 p.m.

Four Canadian residents arrested last week on drug-smuggling charges in Melbourne have ties to the Surrey/White Rock area.

Tyrell Brown, 20, Jason Singh, 21, Madison Trim, 19, and an unnamed 17-year-old were arrested and accused of trying to import 17kg of heroin into Melbourne.

The maximum penalty for heroin smuggling is life imprisonment, according to police.

Brown’s Facebook page lists Elgin Park Secondary in his school history while Singh, a Dutch national, attended Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary.

On a Nov. 16 Facebook post that has since been deleted, Trim writes: “bye bye thailand youve been very good to us, we will be back.”

Trim is believed to have ran in the same circles as Singh and Brown, while the 17-year-old (who cannot be identified because of her age) reportedly attended school in South Surrey.

According to a news release from the Australian Federal Police, each of the four accused was travelling with two bags of luggage on a Nov. 18 flight from China. After arriving at Melbourne Airport, they were selected by customs officers for a baggage examination.

During the examination, customs officers noticed the eight bags felt unusually heavy when emptied, and, following an X-ray of the luggage, it was revealed that a white powder was built into the bottom of each bag, according to police.

The three adults’ next court date is Feb. 18 2014. The minor is expected to appear at a Children’s Court hearing.

 

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