Charges laid after ‘immense’ 265-kilo drug seizure at Blue Water Bridge


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Heroin, methamphetamines, and a substance known as “pink cocaine” comprised a massive 265-kilogram stash of illicit drugs seized from a transport truck that tried to cross the Blue Water Bridge near Sarnia, say authorities.

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The seizure happened at the bridge on Jan. 13. According to the Canada Border Services Agency and Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the commercial vehicle was being examined when border officers noticed a large number of garbage bags and spare tires in its cargo.

Further investigation led to the discovery of large quantities of suspected narcotics in a variety of packaging.

The driver of the transport — 23-year-old Arshdeep Singh of Quebec City, Quebec — was arrested.

Custody was transferred to the RCMP, who announced on Wednesday that several charges have been laid, including: three counts of importation of controlled drugs and substances, and three counts of possessing controlled drugs and substances for the purpose of trafficking.

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The accused has been scheduled for court appearances in Sarnia.

“Pink cocaine” — referred to as “2c-b” under Canada’s Controlled Drugs and Substances Act — is a synthetic hallucinogen. Despite its street name, it has no chemical relation to actual cocaine, which is a hydrochloride derived from coca leaves.

“2c-b” is known as a designer “party drug,” trafficked in a similar manner to MDMA (aka “Ecstasy.”)

Photo after the seizure of an estimated 265 kilograms of illicit drugs from a transport truck that tried to cross the Blue Water Bridge on Jan. 13, 2022. Image courtesy of Canada Border Services Agency and Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
Photo after the seizure of an estimated 265 kilograms of illicit drugs from a transport truck that tried to cross the Blue Water Bridge on Jan. 13, 2022. Image courtesy of Canada Border Services Agency and Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Photo by CBSA /Windsor Star

CBSA said the seizure means 265 kilograms of suspected illegal narcotics have been kept from reaching several regions — a blow against “the grip of organized crime” in Southern Ontario.

“The CBSA is proud of this significant seizure,” said An Nguyen, director of the CBSA’s St. Clair District Operations.

“The tireless efforts of our officers have kept this immense load of narcotics out of Canadian communities.”

Marco Mendicino, federal minister of public safety, personally thanked the CBSA and the RCMP for their decisive action on the case.

“Our work to protect Canadians begins at our borders, stopping illicit drugs from coming into Canada and disrupting criminal activity,” he said in a release.

Photo after the seizure of an estimated 265 kilograms of illicit drugs from a transport truck that tried to cross the Blue Water Bridge on Jan. 13, 2022. Image courtesy of Canada Border Services Agency and Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
Photo after the seizure of an estimated 265 kilograms of illicit drugs from a transport truck that tried to cross the Blue Water Bridge on Jan. 13, 2022. Image courtesy of Canada Border Services Agency and Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Photo by CBSA /Windsor Star


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