Team drivers arrested in $4.8M drug bust

by Today's Trucking

Windsor Drugs

“We are absolutely committed to working with our enforcement partners, such as the RCMP, to safeguard Canadians.”

– Joe McMahon, district director at CBSA.

WINDSOR, Ont. – Two Ontario truck drivers are under arrest following the seizure of 38 kilograms of suspected cocaine worth more than $4.8 million at a border crossing point in March, the Canada Border Services Agency said.

It said the team drivers entered Canada on March 17 through the Ambassador Bridge in Windsor, and was referred for a secondary examination. 

Officers then discovered suspected cocaine within a mixed commercial load of citrus fruit, the agency said. CBSA agents arrested the suspects and transferred their custody to the RCMP.

Sukdeep Singh, 31, of Brampton, Ont., and Inderjeet Singh, 26, of Lindsay, Ont., have been charged with:

  • Importation of a controlled substance, contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act; and
  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking, contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

The suspects are scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Windsor on June 8.

“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,” said Joe McMahon, district director at CBSA.

“We remain committed to keeping narcotics out of our communities,” he added.

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  • I haul coffee. I don’t know what’s in the packages because it’s not my job to open them.
    I’m just hauling coffee today officer.

  • They always say cops have the best stuff.. you think all of that stuff is going to be incinerated LOL get real

  • Punishment for these drug dealers should be lifetime in jail.or atleast 20 to 25 years no exception at all

  • It stuff like that that gives us truck drivers a bad rep not cool at all hope they the get book thrown hard

  • I’m a Class B CDL holder anybody would be stupid enough to bring drugs and for anyone Firearms or anyting… is it worth the time you’re going to get being put in prison….f no i hope…..

  • These guys will probably be released because of virus and regardless will finally be sentenced 2 years from know because our criminal system is a joke . Meanwhile drug dealers are destroying and killing people but the legal system has to protect there rights . Seen drug dealers releases only to be dealing that same day .years later getting 60 days

  • The border officers did a great job and I think that this is a very good job that the OFFICERS have done a great job!! i drive a truck and I Highly appreciate the women and men on the front line the drug protection for the general public THANK YOU OFFICER

  • young ones and ambitious, they disgrace the trucking career, as we are doing a good job, keep it up fellas, they will get what they deserve

    • How do you know that the driver was even aware of what was in his cargo? Millions of truck drivers drive all over this country and have no idea what the exact contents of their trailer is… Don’t you think it’s kind of immature to blame it on the driver before you even know what’s going on? ‍♂️

  • You can’t get away with anything at the Canadian/U.S. border…they have so many new gadget’s that look inside your vehicle that it’s impossible to smuggle in or out of the country…back in the early 80’s all there was was a guard shack…now there are all kinds of machines reading every upc code on every bottle..can and box you have in your vehicle along with X-RAY devices

  • Let’s not be ignorant, as a truck driver we rarely know the contents of what we are transporting. We get a bol and assume that the shipper has not lied on manifest. Not saying they’re innocent or guilty but an investigation must be held on the companies they haul for before they are condemned

    • At end of the day you can never really know
      What’s inside those pallets after they are wrapped up and sealed
      How are you really supposed to know ? BOL can say anything and everything.

    • I think you are right. A driver has no way of knowing. What’s inside those? Boxes most of the pallets you get our shrink wrap. You cannot open those. Boxes up to see what’s in it. Because if you do that. The receiver company Will send the shipment back. Then the driver will be responsible. For that load We do not make that kind of money. And if they want to hold us responsible. They need to put a drug device on the dock where a driver Can go around. Each pallet and check it out. And get paid for that We do too much. Free stuff already And if you don’t know what Trucking is about. You shouldn’t comment. I’ve been out here. 38 years and of now I still don’t know. Exactly. What was in the boxes? I’ve hauled

  • Why isn’t the party that shipped the items held accountable and publicly shamed like this husband and wife have been? They charged the wrong people.

  • You know i’ve always been afraid of this because 99 percent of the time i can’t inspect the load and its preloaded. Even when picking in laredo

  • Always on us as drivers 90 percent of the freight that goes on my trailer I never see I have to look at the bills and hope it is what they say it is I’m glad my company don’t ever ask us to cross borders

  • Anybody that’s a trucker knows a lot of the time the truck is already sealed,,you’re just drop and hooking you have no idea what the contents are just what’s on the paperwork

  • I’m a truck driver and I feel more investigation should be done here.What if they shipper loaded the drugs and didn’t allow the drivers on the loading dock. Was the shipment sealed by the shipper, if not why,this is food and a seal should always be on these types of loads.ELD are now available to track every move of the truck,so,have they at least investigated the stops the truck made in route. Soo much technology to find more clues.

  • Now in these days truck drivers are not allowed to go inside on the dock to watch while they are loading. Drivers should not be responsible for anything what is inside of the packages.
    Shipper must seal the trailer before leaving their yard and should be held responsible if seal is intact.
    Drivers are drivers. They are not doing shipping and receiving and should not be held responsible for anything other than driving.

  • I would wonder if they ever see the inside of a jail. It seems that drug dealers get let go all the time.