A truck driver who was hauling goods between Canada and the US was arrested and charged with smuggling $2,500,000 in marijuana.
Arshdeep Singh was stopped on June 5, 2020 when he was crossing the Canadian border into the US.
Border agents became suspicious when the found that the trailer didn’t have a seal.
“The commercial truck was referred to the Vehicle and Cargo Inspection System for a non-intrusive X-ray exam, which showed inconsistencies between the cargo in the nose of the trailer and that of the rest of the load,” the Department of Justice said.
“As a result, it was referred to the Peace Bridge warehouse loading dock for a physical exam. During the initial physical exam, officers offloaded the properly identified coffee makers,” the Justice Department said.
While searching the trailer, inspectors found 4 skids that looked different from the rest of the cargo.
The inspectors opened containers on the skids and found coffee grounds. Under the coffee grounds, they found vacuum sealed bags.
In total, inspectors recovered 1,608 vacuum sealed bags of suspected marijuana, weighing 1,800 pounds.
Singh was arrested and charged with possessing with intent to distribute and importation of marijuana. If convicted, he faces a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison or a maximum of 40 years and a US$ 5,000,000 fine.