Another day, another drug bust. This time, we find ourselves in Ontario, Canada, where a man has pleaded guilty to smuggling $120 million worth of cocaine into the United States. Forty-seven-year-old Harinder Dhaliwal, of Brampton, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to export five or more kilograms of blow.
According to the Buffalo News:
U.S. Attorney Timothy C. Lynch said that between 2006 and May 2011, Dhaliwal conspired with others to smuggle cocaine into Canada from the U.S., along with marijuana and ecstasy from Canada into the U.S. using several international bridges, including those in Buffalo Niagara. As part of his plea agreement, Dhaliwal admitted to being part of an international conspiracy that trafficked more than 3,000 kilograms of cocaine worth $120 million, much of it through Western New York.
Over the course of their investigation, federal authorities seized 230 kilograms of cocaine – 123 kilograms obtained during two seizures at the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge and in Geneva, N.Y. That seizure represented the largest to date arising from a single investigation in the history of the Buffalo District U.S. Attorney’s Office. The remaining 107 kilograms of cocaine were seized in California, federal authorities said.
Dhaliwal faces ten years in prison at sentencing on August 16.