2 South Asian truckers charged after suspected cocaine seized at Ontario’s Ambassador Bridge

RCMP have charged 31-year-old Sukdeep Singh of Brampton, Ontario, and 26-year-old Inderjeet Singh of Lindsay, Ontario, with importation of a controlled substance and possession for the purpose of trafficking after Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officers at the Ambassador Bridge in Windsor seized approximately 38 kilograms of suspected cocaine from a commercial load on March 17.

The CBSA estimates the value of the suspected cocaine at over $4.8 million.

A commercial truck, with two Ontario residents, a driver and co-driver, entered Canada through the Ambassador Bridge , and was referred for a secondary examination. During the examination, border services officers discovered suspected cocaine within a mixed commercial load of citrus fruit.

The CBSA arrested the two individuals and seized the suspected narcotics. The RCMP attended and took custody of both truckers as well as the evidence.

The suspects are scheduled in court on June 8 at the Ontario Court of Justice in Windsor. The investigation is ongoing.

“The Canada Border Services Agency wants to send a very clear message. We are absolutely committed to working with our enforcement partners, such as the RCMP, to safeguard Canadians; especially during these trying times. We remain committed to keeping narcotics out of our communities,” said Joe McMahon, District Director, Ambassador Bridge District Operations, Canada Border Services Agency, on Thursday.

“This seizure is indicative of how both of our agencies work well together to keep our communities safe. This partnership is essential in order to keep illicit drugs off of the streets,” added Superintendent Nancy Burniston, South West District Commander, RCMP.

If you have information about suspicious cross-border activity, contact the CBSA Border Watch Line at 1-888-502-9060. Anyone with information regarding criminal activity is encouraged to contact their local police, the RCMP at 1-800-387-0020 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.