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Canadian trucker arrested in suspected $6M cocaine smuggling bust

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Published on September 12, 2019 with No Comments

A Canadian trucker was arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle $6 million worth of cocaine into Windsor, Ont. from Detroit, U.S.. Federal border officials made the discovery after pulling Jatinderpal Singh over for an inspection as he tried to cross the Ambassador Bridge, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

The documents, describe how a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent noticed Singh showing signs of “extreme signs of nervousness.” That’s when they brought out a drug-sniffing dog that alerted officers.

The filing said officials found approximately 120 kilograms of cocaine, following an X-ray and physical search of the truck’s contents.

The affidavit by U.S. Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office mentions that the street value of the cocaine in Toronto would have been close to $6 million. They added that commercial truck drivers can typically earn $1,000 per kilogram for each brick smuggled in Canada across the U.S.-Canada border.

The one-kilogram bricks were found hidden in clothing-storage-like cabinets which were less than 1.5 metres away from the driver.

Court documents indicate Singh had driven the same truck across the U.S. border more than 70 times since 2017. At the time, an X-ray of the truck’s contents didn’t reveal any drugs inside. When eventually confronted by police, Singh denied having any knowledge of cocaine.

 

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