Indian truck driver faces drug trafficking charges at US-Canada border

An Indian trucker arrested by US Customs and Border Protection, accused of intending to distribute illegal drugs after being caught trying to transport approximately CAD $8.7 million of cocaine in US.

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An Indian truck driver based in Canada has been charged by US authorities with attempting to smuggle nearly 300 kilograms of cocaine worth an estimated $8.7 million Canadian dollars.

Gagandeep Singh was apprehended by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers after sniffer dogs detected suspicious cargo at the Windsor-Detroit crossing. The massive seizure is thought to be linked to large-scale drug distribution operations.

Singh, an Indian citizen residing in Canada, was selected for inspection but allegedly ignored officers and tried to proceed before being stopped. CBP canines then alerted to possible contraband within the truck's 13 sealed cardboard boxes.

Testing revealed the boxes contained white powdery substances that tested positive for cocaine, weighing around 290 kilograms with an estimated street value of $8.7 million Canadian dollars. Investigators also found matching duct tape and scissors in Singh's truck cab.

The truck's manifest claimed it was transporting agricultural equipment, but the trailer seal actually belonged to a Canadian health and beauty company. The listed Canada Border Services Agency seal was concealed under the dashboard.

Singh appeared in Detroit court on February 7th charged with intent to distribute controlled substances. However, none of the allegations have been proven in court yet.

The brazen cross-border smuggling attempt represents one of the largest cocaine seizures along the US-Canada border involving an Indian national. Singh now faces serious drug trafficking charges in America.