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Toronto woman gets bail on charges of smuggling heroin laced with carfentanil

Mithusha Poobalasingam, 22, was released on a $100,000 recognizance with house arrest and her parents as sureties. Co-accused Geevan Nagendran, 37, also of Toronto, is expected to seek bail later this week.
Mithusha Poobalasingam
Mithusha Poobalasingam, shown at Halifax provincial court last month, was granted bail Monday on charges of importing heroin, carfentanil and methylfentanyl. (LOCAL XPRESS / File)

A Toronto woman left a Halifax courthouse with her parents Monday after a judge granted her bail on charges of importing heroin laced with powerful synthetic opioids.

Mithusha Poobalasingam, 22, was arrested in south-end Halifax on June 27 after a man and woman picked up two parcels at a UPS Store. 

The packages allegedly contained about five kilograms of heroin hidden in children's backpacks and lunch bags and spools of fabric.

RCMP said an ion scanner detected trace amounts of carfentanil and methylfentanyl, which are often used to make other drugs more potent.

Poobalasingam and Geevan Nagendran, 37, also of Toronto, face three counts of importing drugs, three of possession for the purpose of trafficking and one charge of making false representation to obtain an aviation document or privilege.

A bail hearing for Poobalasingam was held in Halifax provincial court last week, with Judge Rickola Brinton reserving her decision until Monday.

The judge released Poobalasingam on a $100,000 recognizance secured by real property pledged by her parents.

There’s a publication ban on the evidence and submissions at the bail hearing and the reasons for the judge’s decision.

Brinton placed the young woman on house arrest at her family's home and ordered her not to have any contact with Nagendran or associate with anyone with a criminal record.

The judge also prohibited Poobalasingam from possessing or consuming drugs and from having a cellphone or pager.

Pooblasingam is allowed to leave the house for work or university, legal commitments and medical emergencies or appointments, as long as she’s transported by a parent.

Lawyer Kishan Persaud deposited his client’s passport with court administration.

Poobalasingam’s charges are due back in court Aug. 23. 

Nagendran is expected to seek bail Thursday. He’s being held at the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility in Dartmouth.

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