Thursday, April 20, 2017

Harinder Dhaliwal pleads guilty to trafficking $120 million in cocaine

Harinder Dhaliwal, 47, of Brampton, Ont. pleaded guilty to a conspiracy to smuggle more than $120 million worth of cocaine from the U.S. into Canada. Dhaliwal admitted to being part of an international conspiracy that trafficked more than 3,000 kilograms of cocaine worth $120 million between 2007 and 2011.
Dhaliwal conspired with Ravinder Arora, Michael Bagri, Parminder Sidhu, Alvin Randhawa, Gursharan Singh and Huy Hong Nguyen.
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.
Conspirators used tractor-trailers with false compartments in the floor of the vehicles. Dhaliwal and others used steel tubing, kick plates and other supplies they purchased to fabricate the false compartments in several tractor-trailers. Ledgers seized during the federal investigation detailed at least a dozen smuggling trips that were made from late 2009 to September 2010 that involved about 1,617 kilograms of cocaine.

Dhaliwal faces a minimum of 10 years in prison when he is sentenced.