A Canadian trucker was sentenced to 4 years in jail for smuggling greater than $2.5 million of methamphetamine from the U.S. into Canada via a Whatcom County border crossing.
Sarbjit Chahal of Surrey, British Columbia, was arrested in 2018 on the Pacific Freeway Border Crossing in Blaine after a Canada Border Providers Company screening of his Canada-bound semi truck uncovered 33 kilograms of methamphetamine hidden within the driver’s cabin, B.C. Royal Canadian Mounted Police stated Monday in a information launch.
The Bellingham Herald reported that Well being Canada confirmed that the seizure was 100% pure methamphetamine, in accordance with the discharge. Chahal was previously charged with importing a managed substance and possession of a managed substance for the aim of trafficking.
At his 2021 trial, Chahal twice took the stand in his personal protection and claimed that he dedicated the crimes after receiving dying threats from a person that requested him to behave as a drug courier, in accordance with the discharge.
The jury convicted Chahal on each counts. He was sentenced in New Westminster Supreme Courtroom to 4 years for importing managed substances and 30 months for possession, in accordance with the discharge. The 2 sentences shall be served concurrently.
“We’re dedicated to making sure Canada’s continued safety and prosperity, and the success of this joint operation demonstrates the effectiveness of the CBSA-RCMP Joint Border Technique of detecting, stopping, denying and disrupting prison exploitation of Canada’s borders,” Superintendent Bert Ferreira, officer accountable for the B.C. RCMP Federal Critical & Organized Crime Border Integrity Program, stated within the launch.