Trucker Faces Decades in Prison After Inspection Leads to Discovery of $2 MILLION in Cocaine
Putnam County, IN — A New York trucker is facing decades in prison after an inspection along an Indiana interstate led to the discovery of $2 million worth of cocaine over the weekend.
According to Indiana State Police (ISP), the drug bust and arrest occurred on Sunday, January 9, at approximately 5:45 p.m. when a tractor-trailer operating along Interstate 70 was stopped for an inspection.
The driver, who was traveling from Houston, TX, to Indianapolis, IN, was identified as Vikram Sandhu, age 32, of Queens, NY.
During inspectors’ interaction with Sandhu, ISP said criminal indicators were detected.
The Putnam County Sheriff’s Department canine was called for assistance.
A positive canine alert for the odor of illegal drugs led to the search of the big rig.
During the search, the trooper discovered approximately 115 pounds of cocaine which was located in the sleeper berth, ISP reported.
Sandhu was taken into custody and transported to the Putnam County Jail where he is facing charges of Dealing Narcotics and Possession of Narcotics.
If convicted, Sandhu could be sentenced to more than four decades in prison and up to $20,000 in fines.