A truck driver has been arrested by U.S. border authorities after attempting to smuggle $6 million worth of cocaine into Canada.
Jatinderpal Singh was attempting to cross the border into Windsor, Ontario when customs officers discovered 120 kilograms of the drug in his truck during a routine inspection.
According to court documents, U.S Customs and Border Protection agents utilized a drug-sniffing dog after Singh was exhibiting “extreme signs of nervousness.”
After searching his inventory, officers found the cocaine stuffed in storage cabinets. The bricks were said to appear “consistent with large scale drug smuggling/distribution”.
Singh has denied that he had any knowledge of the cocaine and has indicated that he might be seeking to have his case tried in Canada to get a laxer prison sentence.
Documents show that Singh asked agents whether prisoners “receive a large discount relating to time sentenced as offered to Canadian defendants in Canada.”
Overall drug seizures have gone up significantly along the Canadian border with the United States.
The Canadian Border Services Agency reports an 80% increase in drugs seized at the border since Prime Minister Justin Trudeau removed visa requirements for Mexican citizens.
Currently, people from Mexico only require a $7 Electronic Travel Authorization before travelling to the country. This policy change has also led to a 500% increase in inadmissibility into Canada on various grounds.
Trudeau’s legislative changes have also potentially let in hundreds of dangerous cartel members and Mexican criminals.
According to authorities, they have lost track of nearly 400 traffickers, criminals and hitmen who entered the country using fake passports.