Article by Angela Stelmakowich, Growth Op
The RCMP got a taste of Canadian ingenuity at its best — or, perhaps, its worst — when members of the Thompson, Man. detachment discovered drug smugglers had used boxes of the iconic macaroni treat KD to transport weed.
The RCMP caught wind of the scheme on Apr. 15 when officers became aware that “a large amount of illegal drugs” was due to arrive at Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation in Manitoba via a delivery service, notes a statement from police.
Upon being delivered, officers seized the cargo that included a case of KD boxes and a box of baby formula, according to the RCMP.
Anyone familiar with KD knows there’s plenty of space for air inside the boxes. When RCMP officers opened the individual boxes, they found baggies containing a total of 480 grams of illicit dried cannabis.
As for the baby formula containers, these were filled with alcohol and the box of baby formula cans contained Oxycodone and Alprazolam pills.
The packaging of the childhood memory-sparking “food” that is KD — Canada’s current population is 38.2 million while Canadians eat about 94 million boxes of KD annually, about a quarter of the global total — had been altered. Tricking out packaging for illegal cannabis edibles to look like legitimate candy or chip brands has long been a tactic used by smugglers.
Having determined the drug and alcohol shipment was linked to a residence in Thompson, Man., the RCMP executed at about 2 a.m. Apr. 16 and “seized another 694 grams of illicit cannabis as well as drug trafficking paraphernalia,” according to the police.