Canadian Trucker Arrested For Intent To Distribute 90 Pounds of Cocaine Into U.S.
Monroe County, Michigan – A Canadian truck driver has been arrested and charged with the possession and intent to distribute more than 90 pounds of cocaine and 2 pounds of heroin. The Michigan State Police say they pulled over truck driver, Inderjit Singh Bhinder, a Canadian resident, on Tuesday for a routine traffic stop. The agent noticed Mr. Bhinder acting “nervous” so he asked if he could search the truck. Bhinder agreed. The officer then deployed a K-9 unit and quickly discovered the illegal drugs inside three bags sitting on top of the mattress in the sleeper.
Custom and Border Patrol agents and HSI agents were then called to the scene and searched Bhinder’s truck. They found two phones, a GPS and paperwork. Bhinder along with the drugs and the other items were taken to the Michigan Police Department in Trenton.
Bhinder Waives Miranda Rights And Agrees Tells His Side Of The Story
According to authorities Bhinder waived his Miranda rights and agreed to fully co-operate with them. Officials said Bhinder initially told them he had entered the U.S. at the Port Huron Blue Water Bridge around 11 p.m. Monday and drove to a nearby Michigan rest stop on westbound I-94. Bhinder said that after using the restroom, he returned to his truck to find three men standing in front of it. He was unable to provide detailed descriptions of the men, but indicated they may have placed the bags in his truck even though he says the truck was locked.
Bhinder told police the two phones found in his truck belonged to him. He gave agents the passwords to review the phones, police said. Agents found text messages received by Bhinder on Monday directing him to drive to an address near I-275 in Wayne County. Bhinder said a friend had sent him the text message, but denied driving to the address.
Bhinder Changes His Story
After the review of the phones, Bhinder told agents he had left the highway to meet with two unknown men who gave him the bags containing the illegal drugs. He said he believed the bags contained clothing that belonged to a family member in Canada. He then changed his story again and told agents he had been aware that the bags contained drugs, authorities said. Bhinder said he had been directed to take the drugs from the U.S. to Canada. Bhinder gave agents a written statement regarding the facts, according to authorities.
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