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A Canadian truck driver was sentenced to four years in prison for smuggling over $ 2.5 million worth of methamphetamine from the United States to Canada through a border crossing in Whatcom County.
Sarbjit Chahal of Surrey, British Columbia, was arrested in 2018 at the Pacific Highway Border Crossing in Blaine after a Canada Border Services Agency screening of his semi-trailer headed to Canada discovered 33 kilograms of methamphetamine hidden in the driver’s cab, BC Royal Canadian Mounted Police said Monday in a press release.
The Bellingham Herald reported that Health Canada confirmed the seizure was 100% pure methamphetamine, according to the release. Chahal had previously been charged with importing a controlled substance and possessing a controlled substance for trafficking purposes.
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At his 2021 trial, Chahal took a stand twice in his defense and claimed to have committed the crimes after receiving death threats from an individual who had asked him to act as a drug courier, according to the release.
The jury convicted Chahal in both cases. He was sentenced by the New Westminster Supreme Court to four years for importing controlled substances and 30 months for possession, according to the release. The two sentences will be served simultaneously.
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“We are committed to Canada’s continued security and prosperity and the success of this joint operation demonstrates the effectiveness of the CBSA-RCMP Joint Border Strategy in detecting, preventing, denying and stopping the criminal exploitation of Canada’s borders,” he said. Superintendent Bert Ferreira, officer in charge of the BC RCMP Federal Serious & Organized Crime Border Integrity Program, said in the statement.