Brampton Man Pleads Guilty to Trafficking Millions of Dollars of Cocaine
Drug trafficking across the Canada-U.S. border is not uncommon, and when it happens, two key things are usually involved - a lot of money and a lot of people.
According to release issued by the United States Attorney Office, 47-year-old Brampton man Harinder Dhaliwal has pleaded guilty to conspiring to export cocaine from the U.S. into Canada.
The charges for smuggling five or more kilograms of cocaine are a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life, and a $10,000,000 fine.
Dhaliwal admitted to being part of an international conspiracy that trafficked over 3,000 kilograms of cocaine worth an estimated $120,000,000.
According to the release, Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy C. Lynch stated that Dhaliwal and others conspired regarding the smuggling between 2006 and 2011 using international bridges.
Also charged in the conspiracy were Ravinder Arora, Michael Bagri, Parminder Sidhu, Alvin Randhawa, Gursharan Singh, and Huy Hoang Nguyen. All defendants have been convicted.
The defendants fabricated false compartments in the floors of tractor-trailers, which were used to transport not only cocaine from the U.S. into Canada, but marijuana and ecstasy from Canada into the U.S.
Sentencing is scheduled for August 16, 2017.