Sunday, March 19, 2023

Former Quebec CBSA agent Stefanie McClelland gets parole

Former Quebec customs officer Stefanie McClelland, 45, was sentenced to 11 years in prison for her role in a cocaine smuggling incident at the Lacolle border crossing. She was found guilty of drug smuggling and breach of trust after allowing 182kg of cocaine through her border checkpoint in 2014. McClelland was unaware that she was being closely watched by the RCMP when she conspired to let the drugs enter Canada. Authorities had uncovered the plot. She had a hearing before the Parole Board of Canada last week and was granted day parole.
Evidence against McClelland included a text message between her and the leader, informing him that she was posted at a designated NEXUS customs booth.
He and his vehicle had been flagged for inspection. Seven minutes after she sent the text, a BMW pulled up and was let through after 36 seconds and no checks. Cops pounced and seized the cocaine.