Canadian Trucker Charged in Record $28.5 MILLION Big Rig Meth Bust
Sweet Grass, MT – Officials from the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) have released details about what it says is the largest recorded methamphetamine seizure at a land border crossing in the country.
On Wednesday, CBSA released details about the bust, which happened on Christmas Day 2020 at the Sweet Grass border crossing on Interstate 15 in Montana.
Officials say 38-year-old Amarpreet Singh Sandhu, of Calgary, AB, was hauling produce into Canada from the U.S.
For undisclosed reasons, Sandhu’s truck was referred to a secondary inspection.
During further inspection, CBSA agents uncovered approximately 502 lbs. of meth (228.14 kg) hidden within the shipment.
Authorities stated such an amount equaled 2.28 million individual dosages of the synthetic stimulant.
The street value of the drugs was estimated to be $22.25 USD ($28.5 million CAD).
Sandhu was arrested and turned over to the Alberta division of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).
Following an investigation, he was charged with importation of a controlled substance and possession for the purpose of trafficking.
Sandhu remained in custody until January 14, when he was released.
He is scheduled to appear in court on February 11.
Ironically, the previous CBSA record for meth seized at a land border happened on Christmas Eve 2019 at the Ambassador Bridge port of entry in Windsor, Ontario.
That seizure resulted in approximately 440 lbs. (200 kg) of meth being confiscated, also from a commercial motor vehicle.