Saturday, October 30, 2010

Drug Problem For Airlines

Police and airline officials are concerned about drugs being transported on small airplanes heading to isolated First Nations, and are determined to fix the problem by heightening security at smaller airports.

Thunder Bay OPP Det.-Sgt. Chris Lawrence said over 50 people have been charged and thousands of dollars worth of prescription drugs have been confiscated at Thunder Bay and Sioux Lookout airports. The most common drug being smuggled is the heavily addictive Oxycodone.

MPP Howard Hampton says the provincial or federal government should be taking action, and funding more small airport security. Airline officials are trying to develop methods of tracking illegal drugs to First Nations.