Two Niagara Falls police officers are among the accused in an international cheese-smuggling operation that allegedly benefitted southern Ontario restaurants.

Niagara police allege three men purchased cases of cheese and other foods worth $200,000 in the United States and transported them to Canada illegally. They were sold for an estimated profit of $165,000.

The investigation began in January and involved the Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS), the Department of Homeland Security and the Canada Border Services Agency.

Niagara Const. Scott Heron, 39, and Casey Langelaan, 48, also a police services employee, were suspended from duty on June 26. Langelaan is no longer employed by NRPS.

Bernie Pollino, 44, was the third man charged in the case.

All three were charged with conspiracy to commit an indictable offence, as well as keeping, acquiring or disposing illegally imported goods. Heron and Langelaan were also charged with breach of trust