Three Canadian citizens of Indian descent face extradited to US in international drug case

Ayush Sharma, Guramrit Sidhu, and Subham Kumar were taken into custody following a joint operation conducted by Canadian law enforcement and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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Three men of Indian origin involved in cross-border drug trafficking have been arrested in Canada and may face extradition to the US, according to local reports.

Ayush Sharma, Guramrit Sidhu, and Subham Kumar were detained following a joint operation dubbed 'Dead Hand' carried out by Canadian police and the US Federal Bureau of Investigation. 

The trafficking ring involved drug suppliers with ties to Mexican cartels, brokers and distributors in Los Angeles, and Canadian truck drivers, US attorney Martin Estrada said at a press conference.

Ayush, 25, from Brampton and Subham, 29, from Calgary allegedly worked as truck drivers, handling cross-border drug transportation, while Guramrit, 60, oversaw the entire operation.

All 10 arrested in the drug cases will reportedly be extradited to the US.

Guramrit was said to be involved in procuring large wholesale quantities of drugs from Mexico and Los Angeles and using a trucking network to move them into Canada. Among associates he was known as 'King'.

Canadian "handlers" and "dispatchers" allegedly made short trips to Los Angeles to coordinate the pickup and delivery of methamphetamine and cocaine shipments using trucks going to Canada, officials added.

According to US data, the group trafficked nearly a kilo of cocaine, 4 kg of heroin, 20 kg of fentanyl and 845 kg of methamphetamine, valued at over $16 million.

Police also confiscated 70 kg of cocaine and 4 kg of heroin at the time of arrests, along with $940,000 in cash.