Canadian Trucker Busted at the Border With $3 MILLION in Cocaine
Blaine, WA – A Canadian trucker was arrested for allegedly attempting to smuggle $3 million of cocaine across the Northern border last week.
According to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CPB), the arrest took place on May 9 at the Pacific Highway Port (PHP) of Entry.
The PHP connects the towns of Blaine, WA and Surrey, B.C. at the Canada-United States border.
CPB says a tractor-trailer, driven by Canadian citizen Ajitpal Sanghera, was referred for a secondary inspection.
Officials located five “small duffle bags on the floor” of the trailer during a search, which contained 50 plastic wrapped packages of cocaine.
The 50 packaged totaled approximately 135 lbs. of narcotics with a street value of $3 million.
Sanghera was taken into custody and transferred to the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office for further investigation.
“Even during these times of heightened stress and uncertainty, our dedicated law enforcement officers are still out in the community working to remove dangerous drugs from the streets,” said Eben Roberts, acting special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations-Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Seattle.
Also last week, CBP Office of Field Operations in Laredo seized nearly $11 million in suspected methamphetamine concealed within the shipment of floor panels.
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