- Pardeep Singh, 24, was arrested after a commercial truck driven by him entered Canada at the Peace Bridge in Fort Erie in Ontario and was pulled aside for a secondary examination.
An Indian-origin man has been arrested in Canada for allegedly smuggling about 112.5 kg of cocaine into the country from the United States. Pardeep Singh, 24, was arrested after a commercial truck driven by him entered Canada at the Peace Bridge in Fort Erie in Ontario and was pulled aside for a secondary examination.
Border agents discovered the cocaine, estimated at $14 million, inside five duffle bags, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) said in a statement. Singh was arrested and transferred to the custody of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). He has been charged with the importation of a controlled substance, contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.
CBSA district director Kim Upper hailed the seizure as an “integral role” of the agency in safeguarding the borders. “Our officers have interrupted the smuggling attempt of a massive amount of narcotics, and have put a full stop to the ripple effect these narcotics would have in neighborhoods across our country,” Upper said in a statement.
Singh is set to make a court appearance in St Catharines on Friday.