TORONTO — A logistical mistake by smugglers appears to be responsible for the arrival of large shipments of illegal methamphetamine from Mexico to 13 Ford dealerships in Canada.
Authorities said they believe the drugs, found in vehicles in December and January, were never intended to reach dealerships in Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick. Police intercepted about 400 pounds of meth, with a street value of about $3.4 million, packed into spare tires and hidden in the trunks of Ford Fusion cars built in Hermosillo, Mexico.
The drugs were discovered by dealership staff in four Ontario locations. Police then located 14 other Fusions from that shipment and found more drugs in nine of them, all wrapped in packages inside nonspec spare tires. In another shipment stopped at the border, 12 of 14 Fusions contained spare tires stuffed with drugs.