October 20th, 2020

Drug-smuggling suspect hires third lawyer


By Shurtz, Delon on November 23, 2019.

Delon Shurtz

Lethbridge Herald

dshurtz@lethbridgeherald.com

A Calgary man accused of trying to smuggle $3 million worth of drugs into Alberta last July will be back in court next month, hopefully with a new lawyer.

Mir Asif, 40, has retained a Calgary lawyer, court was told Thursday during a brief hearing in Lethbridge. It’s Mir’s third lawyer since he was arrested in the summer.

Duty counsel lawyer Brett Carlson, who assisted Asif during Friday’s hearing, said the accused has hired Allan Fay of Calgary, but because he had been unable to confirm that information, he wasn’t prepared to put Fay on the record.

The matter was adjourned to Dec. 5, when Fay or his agent is expected to attend court with the accused.

The Canada Border Services Agency and RCMP reported that on July 28, CBSA officers referred a commercial driver entering Canada at the Coutts border crossing for further examination. While searching his vehicle officers uncovered 33 bags of methamphetamine weighing about 50 kilograms. The meth and the vehicle were seized, and the driver was arrested and turned over to the RCMP.

The following day RCMP charged Mir with importation of a controlled substance and drug possession for the purpose of trafficking.

The CBSA said the seizure of drugs, equal to about 500,000 doses, is the largest meth bust made by the agency in southern Alberta. Some of the bags, each weighing 1.5 kilograms, were dusted with a reddish-orange powder, believed to be a spice and meant to throw sniffer dogs off the scent.

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