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Suspended NRP officer arrested for bail breach

April 23, 2013

A suspended Niagara Regional Police constable facing charges related to smuggling cheese into Canada has been charged with breaching his bail conditions.

1335150607129_ORIGINALThe NRP said Tuesday Const. Scott Heron, one of three men arrested in September in relation to a large-scale smuggling scheme, breached a condition regarding possessing a cell phone or other electronic communication device.

Heron, who made an appearance Tuesday morning at St. Catharines bail court, is allowed to have one cell phone, but the number must be registered with the NRP and they have to be given detailed monthly statements.

After an eight-month investigation, Heron was charged on Sept. 27 with conspiracy to commit an indictable offence of smuggling goods and breach of trust, as well as Customs Act charges of false statements, evade compliance, keeping, acquiring or disposing of illegally imported goods and smuggling.

Heron has been suspended with pay by the NRP and his disciplinary hearing under the Police Services Act will resume once the criminal proceedings wrap up.

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