CBSA busts truck drivers for drug trafficking at Blue Water Bridge
The Canada Border Services Agency busted drivers of two trucks trying to enter the country in December 2022 with hundreds of pounds of narcotics.
On December 11, and December 14, 2022, two separate commercial trucks entered Canada at the Blue Water Bridge port of entry in Point Edward, Ontario, and were referred for a secondary examination. During the inspection of the trailer, border services officers discovered 89 bricks of suspected cocaine, weighing approximately 100 kg on December 11, and 84 bricks of suspected cocaine, weighing approximately 84 kg on December 14.
“The safety and security of Canadians is our government’s top priority. I want to thank the dedicated CBSA and RCMP officers for their excellent work in stopping dangerous narcotics from coming into the country,” said Marco Mendicino, minister of public safety.
“I had the opportunity to see these efforts first hand during my visit to the Blue Water Bridge last month, and I look forward to see the difference they continue to make in keeping our communities safe.”
In the incident on December 11 the CBSA arrested the driver and passenger and seized the suspected narcotics. The RCMP took custody of the suspects and the evidence and have formally charged Vikram Dutta, 44, and Gurinder Singh, 61, both of Brampton, Ontario, with with importation and possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.
The CBSA arrested the driver of the second truck and seized the drugs. The RCMP took custody of the subject and the evidence and have formally charged Chander Sidhar, 55, of Caledon, Ontario, with importation and possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.
The matter is currently before the Ontario Court of Justice, in Sarnia, Ontario.
The Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC) assisted with the investigation.